‘My baby was raped at crèche’

2019-10-16 06:02

“I just want the truth.”

These were the words of a devastated mother from Imbali Unit J whose child was allegedly raped at a local crèche.

The mother of the 11-month-old baby, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her child, says her daughter started attending the crèche two weeks prior to the incident.

She said she had recently found a job and she needed a place where she could safely leave her child during the day while she was at work.

“I would [drop off] my child before leaving for work in the morning and fetch her later in the day, after work.

“When my daughter first started going to the crèche there were no problems.

“On Saturday, September 31, I returned from work as usual and I went to fetch her from crèche. When I got there, her red eyes showed that she had been crying. She also looked very tired,” said the mother, adding that, at first, she did not think there was anything seriously wrong with her daughter, that is until she started preparing to bathe her.

She said that, when she took off the baby’s clothes, she saw a blood stain outside her disposable nappy.

“When I removed her nappy, I saw that something had happened to her. When I checked closer I saw that she had been raped.

“I panicked and I called my mother, who came quickly, and we took my baby to the hospital where the doctors confirmed that she had been raped.”

The mother said they opened a rape case but police officers at Plessislaer Police Station took five days to finally register their case.

“We opened a case in the early hours of Sunday, after the incident, but only got the case number on Friday after going to the police station and calling almost everyday to find out what was happening with the case.

“I am in pain, I just want to know what happened to my daughter. I want to see the person who did this behind bars.

The police are not telling us anything.”

“My daughter is crying non-stop and she [has had numerous visits to the doctors] because she is not alright,” she said.

The mother said they feel as if the police are turning a blind eye on this matter.

“I just want justice for my daughter and to find out what really happened. Maybe that is going to help me deal with the anger that I have inside me, to at least know the truth.”

This is not the first time that Plessislaer Police Station officers have failed to immediately open a rape case of a toddler.

On September 5, Echo reported on a story involving a three-year old girl from Peace Valley who was raped, allegedly by an elderly man who used to transport her and other children to crèche.

The mother told Echo she went to Plessislaer Police Station to open a case but the case was not opened immediately, it was only opened five days later, after angry community members went to the police station to enquire.

Pietermaritzburg Police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said he has reported the matter to the cluster management.

“The cluster management will go to the police station and deal with the matter internally to find out why the case was not opened immediately after it was reported,” he said.

Ngobese said no one has been arrested and investigations are underway.

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