Pa taken in after awareness

2015-06-25 06:01

A routine substance and child abuse sessions by Nyanga police resulted in the arrest of a father for the alleged rape of his seven year old daughter.

The 47-year-old man was arrested on 13 June, a day after police received information of the rape while addressing learners on substance abuse as well as crimes against women and children.

According to the police the man has been allegedly raping his child repeatedly since last year.

“It has been established that when the mother left the child to go to work the father would tell the child not to go to school and thereafter rape her.

He has been repeatedly doing this since last year. It was through a neighbour and a relative’s vigilance that this matter was reported to the school,” said Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

It is alleged that the neighbour noticed that the child was ‘walking funny’ and alerted the school.

The child later revealed what had been happening when asked by teachers. Sitshitshi urged parents to keep a closer eye on their children.

“We would like to urge parents to always check their children when they bath them, build a close and open relationship with their children so that they can open up to them.

Always sensitize them as well about issues of sexual offences,” she said. The man appeared at the Wynberg Magistrate Court on a rape charge.

Police have raised concern about sexual crimes rape in the precinct following the arrest of a 26-year -old woman who is accused selling young girls to men in Browns Farm . The woman who is in police custody is accused of selling two girls aged 13 and 14 in exchange for money, drugs and food.

Another man was arrested after he allegedly raped his sister. “In most cases victims are reluctant to talk because they are threatened by these perpetrators. Families must please engage their children in these matters openly,” said Sitshitshi. She said that Nyanga SAPS will continue visiting schools to raise awareness of such crimes

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