Dept pays rape survivor for case delays

2012-10-12 11:13

Johannesburg - A rape victim received R50 000 compensation from the justice department two years after the public protector instructed it to pay, the Sowetan reported on Friday.

The victim's case took several years to finalise and was postponed for a record 48 times.

In 2010 Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found the department, the National Prosecuting Authority, and the police were guilty of maladministration for their handling of the matter. Madonsela ordered them to apologise to the victim in writing and pay compensation.

In 2002, when she was 14, two of her neighbours raped her. Her two attackers, Masuku Matlanato and Tsomi Skosana, were convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in jail each.

The victim said the family was unhappy with the compensation amount.

"We feel the money could have been more, particularly since the delay was caused by three state departments."

The department's director general Nonkululeko Sindane said they could only compensate the victim, her mother, and witnesses for their travelling expenses.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-10-12 11:22

    Nee oh jinne man. 48??????

  • james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-12 11:36

    Fifteen years for rape is absolutely nothing. It should be life. That's how long the girl is going to have this memory. Trust the government to think that everything can be solved by buying people out with payoffs.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-12 11:38

    THULI is my hero

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-10-12 12:51

    That is absolutely disgraceful. Let's look at the disdain with which the government treats victims of crime in this contry. 1) she had to go to court 48 times over several years seeking justice; 2) three government departments did not have the courtesy to afford her case the very basic attention that it deserved; 3) the 'honourable' judge for whom everyone has to rise because he demands respect, allows a victim to be treated in this shoddy manner; 4) the government quietly covers its ineffeciencies and waits for the public protector to ask it to compensate the victim; 5) they still disregard the protector's recommendation for two whole years; 6) when they do pay out, it is a measley sum; 7) when pressed for reasons, the government says that it is paying for transport costs only. This reeks of arrogance. Every single person whose incompetence resulted in this girl being treated in such a manner should face disciplinary action. The government fails to realise that very few rape victims in this country report the crime. That is because of the further trauma that they have to endure in the glare of the public eye. The last thing that they need is for the trauma to continue for years because of a government that has no care whatsoever for crime victims. Victims who report rape and go all the way to court ought to be applauded and treated like royalty because they could possibly be saving thousands of other women and children from a similar fate when the criminals are behind bars. No one can convince me that our government is doing a good job as no amount of successful facts and figures that they publicise can wipe away the shame of this one case.

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-10-12 12:53

    Yes, you there are no compensations for uselesness and slapgattigheid... but there should be!!!!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-12 13:06

    Yet they can spend millions at The Kraal. Those crime stats must be revisited, this is surely one of the many reasons why people do not report serious crime. Having gone through this, will any of the girl's friends or neighbours report a similar crime, knowing full well what lies ahead? I doubt.

  • mike.clery - 2012-10-12 13:08

    Some action must be taken about these repeated postponements. The presiding magistrate or judge should NOT allow cases to be postponed time and time again because people aren't doing their jobs. How often do we read of cases going on 4 or 5 years or more? It seems "normal" now. No matter how complicated the case, it doesn't take someone 4 years to get their act together. In this instance it took SEVEN YEARS!

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-10-12 13:45

    If they come and rape my wife or my daughter,I am going to brutaly kill those dogs.

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