Courts prepare for rape cases

2015-10-01 06:00
A number of child sexual abuse cases have been reported on the South Coast recently.

A number of child sexual abuse cases have been reported on the South Coast recently.

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A MOTHER swimming with her child at St Mike’s beach recently became suspicious when she saw a group of men apparently filming children on the beach with a video camera.

She alerted lifeguards on duty who asked the men if they could view the footage.

“I watched about five minutes of the clip and didn’t see any footage of children on it this time. There have been other times when people had captured photos of children,” said Wade Barry, Tower 13 lifeguard.

“We have confiscated phones in the past, gone through the images and called police if we saw the need to,” he said.

Parents are urged to be alert and not let their children visit the beach unsupervised.

This Friday the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court will hear a rape case involving a 43-three-year-old Umtentweni businessman.

The man allegedly raped his five-year-old stepdaughter and faces six charges - rape, possession of child pornography, making of child pornography and grooming a child for pornography.

Officers from the Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit arrested the man in Umtentweni.

During investigation it was established that the child had been raped since August.

Detective Sergeant Britt Edwards is the investigating officer.

The Ramsgate Court will also hear a rape case on Friday where a 10-year-old girl had been raped by two men, on different occasions, for more than a year.

One of the men is a juvenile and was released into the care of his guardian while the other, a 22-year-old, is in police custody.

Manager for Child Welfare Port Shepstone, Sagree Naicker, said adults should always protect children form violence as not only is it set out in the Constitution, it is also a basic value.

“These children are left emotionally scared for a long time. If children cannot trust adults, then who can they trust?” she said

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