Toddler raped in Mkholombe

2015-08-27 06:00

A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl was raped in Mkholombe on Saturday morning.

The girl was left in the care of a relative while her mother was away. When her mother returned the next day, she noticed something was amiss with the child.

The mother told police that the child had been crying. When she inspected the child, she found that her mouth was swollen and her private parts were injured.

Police spokesperson lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the case was reported on Tuesday to SAPS.

“The rape occurred between 3am and 4am on Saturday in Mkholombe. It is alleged that the child was left at home in the care of a relative while her mother was away,” said Wiid.

She said the man allegedly entered the house and raped the child.

“Police are looking for a suspect who is believed to have fled the area,” she said.

Sagree Naicker, manager for Child Welfare Port Shepstone said protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is not only a basic value, but also an obligation clearly set out in Article 28 of the South African Constitution, yet there are those who choose to disregard this.

“Children live in a society with a Constitution that has the highest regard for their rights and for the equality and dignity of everyone,” she said.

“Children see adults as people who would protect them and ensure their safety and well being at all times. When this is violated, who does a child trust? asked Naicker.

She said emotional scars are left for a long while after the physical scars have disappeared.

“Children are priority and communities need to ensure that all children are protected at all times, as was once said, and I quote, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’,” she said.

She added that child protection is everyone’s business

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