Toddler (3) raped

2019-09-11 06:02

PEACE Valley community members were left shocked following reports that a three-year-old girl was raped, allegedly by the elderly man that transports her and other children to creche.

The incident allegedly took place last Thursday when the child was returning home from school.

The child’s mother, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, told Echo that her daughter came back from creche as usual and she did not say anything until later that night.

She said the child fell asleep but woke up around 9 pm complaining about pain in her private parts.

“I took her to my mother [her grandmother] in the dining room and she told us what mkhulu [the old man who transports her to creche] had done to her on their way back home from creche. I realised she had been raped so I took her to Edendale Hospital where it was confirmed,” she said.

The child’s mother said she then went to Plessislaer Police Station to open a case on Thursday night but she was told that the system was down and they could not help her.

She said she went back the following day but no one helped her at the police station.

“The case was only opened on Tuesday after angry community members accompanied me to the police station on Monday to enquire as to what was happening regarding the case.

“I am so heartbroken and angry at the same time. I want justice for my child. I want the police to do everything they can to arrest the man who did this to my daughter.

She is only three years old, how can you do something to a child that young?” she said.

The mother said her daughter has been travelling with the man to creche since January, saying: “He has been transporting children [in the community] for years and I trusted him with my child since he is from the area and he is an elderly person. He was supposed to protect my daughter, not take advantage of her and hurt her. I will not rest until I see him behind bars.”

Ward Councillor Dumisani Phungula said the community is furious and wants to take the law into their own hands.

“This incident has angered the community and they want justice. Incidents like these are very rare in our community and I think that is what angers the community. As leaders we are also concerned with the high rate of women and child abuse. We need to work together as families, community policing forums and police to fight this,” he said.

Pietermaritzburg Police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said no one has been arrested.

He said the mother of the child must go the cluster office to lay a complaint about the case not being opened immediately. “The matter will then be investigated,” he said.

No arrests have been made in the case and investigations are continuing.

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