“Ubhuti’ gave them money first’

2017-06-29 06:01
Residents demolished a shack belonging to the man who allegedly raped their young daughter.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Residents demolished a shack belonging to the man who allegedly raped their young daughter.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A 32 year old security guard appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday after allegations of rape of young girls were levelled against him.

The suspect, whose name cannot be published as he has yet to plead in court, was in Town Two on Friday.

He briefly appeared in front of magistrate V Janjies and his case was postponed to 27 July for bail application.

The girls are aged between 9 and 12 years old.

Sergeant Xoliswa Nyalambisa, communication officer at Lingelethu Police Station, said a docket of rape against the suspect was opened and that there are seven girls who are alleged victims.

On Friday, a group of residents set the shack which the suspect was renting alight and physically assaulted him before he was rescued by police who were patrolling in the area.

A 30 year old mother of 10 year old girl, who is one of the alleged victims, said the rapes came to light after she noticed that her daughter always had money on her.

“She (daughter) always had money to buy things like soft drink, fat cakes which cost R15, and other things for her friends. I asked where she got the money from, she said replied that it was from her savings, which was a alie,” said the woman.

The terrified mother said she then called her daughter’s friend and asked her about the money.

“Her friend told me that they get the money from “Ubhuti.” She said they’d watch porn during their visits to his place.

“She said he would touch them and take bath in front of them naked. They alleged that sometimes he would give them R200 per child. I feel bad about it, but I have to be strong for her (daughter). He must not be released from custody,” she added.

The mother then called a meeting with parents of other girls on Thursday.

A group of residents gathered at court in support of those affected by the case.

They described the suspect as someone who “did not greet and talk to anyone” in the area, but the girls.

A 51 year old woman, who is also a stayed where the suspect stayed, said she saw a number of girls coming in and out of the suspect’s shack mostly after school hours.

“I saw a number of primary school girls visiting him. He would always close the door when they were inside.”

Residents later destroyed the man’s shack and assaulted him. He was saved by police.

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