Gran relives horror of blinded child

2012-04-29 16:00

Gingindlovu - “She left home whole and well. But she came back unable to see and badly hurt,” says the grandmother of an 8-year-old who was raped and her one eye gouged out.  

The vicious attack on the girl, allegedly a 15-year-old boy close to the family, has left the 75-year-old woman and her neighbours reeling.

The attack happened just 20m from the family’s home in a sugarcane field, as the girl was returning from school. Her grandmother found the girl trying to feel her way home.

The rapist had also tried to gouge out the girl’s right eye. Police say he tried to kill her by strangling her after the rape.

It’s alleged that he had earlier attacked another 8-year-old girl in the girls' toilet at the local school.


KwaZulu-Natal health department spokesperson Chris Maxon said the girl was recovering well.

“The left eye was severely damaged and was removed, but the right eye is in good condition. She has received post exposure HIV treatment to prevent her from acquiring the disease.

"She is continuing to receive psychological counselling,” Maxon said.

For the girl’s grandmother, though, the trauma is far from over.

“My first thought was to run and look for the boy that did this so that I could gouge his eye out too,” she said.

She and the boy’s family are close friends. The boy’s great-aunt travelled with his alleged victim’s grandmother to take the little girl to hospital.

'Normal child'

The boy moved to the area from Inanda, near Durban, two years ago.

“He was a normal child. He washed dishes, swept and cleaned the floors like everyone here. I have never had a problem with him,” his great-aunt said.

She said the boy’s behaviour started changing after he went on a church trip over Easter. After this, she said, he started receiving visitations from “demonic forces”.

The boy is due to appear in court next month, having made his first appearance last week. He has been released into the custody of his guardian.

  • Gestoffle - 2012-04-29 16:31

    This thug must sing in the band "savage garden" except he lost the garden...

      Rob - 2012-04-29 16:32

      and the plot.

  • Cuanita Gevers - 2012-04-29 16:32

    Could Zuma possibly comment on and do something here? Besides promising to release prisoners or reduce sentences, could we please get better laws and law enforcement!!! Or will this perpetrator also be sentenced and released? Fishing??!!

      Christelle - 2012-04-29 16:52

      And why in the name of everything good was this - I dont know what to call him - released. WHY????

  • Dee - 2012-04-29 16:38

    "Demonic forces" = male adolescence without the guidance and control of a father figure. Just look what happens to young elephant bulls without a dominant bull, and notice that it is the Gogo's left lamenting yet another horrific event. AFRICAN MEN - step up and be parents. AFRICAN WOMEN - stop servicing men who leave you barefoot and pregnant.

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-04-29 17:06

    \He has been released into the custody of his guardian. City Press\ ARE U SERIOUS !!!! How the hell he get released after doing this into a guardians hands ? WHAT so he can do even more damages to others kids ! UNBELIEVABLE !!!

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-29 17:19

    Where and who exactly is he ?? I wonder : If I were to offer a R1000 reward for this info ( money I can scant afford), would anyone respond ? Sorry people, but I really believe that there is no punishment that our courts administer that would be enough to atone for this deed. Where is this township mob justice we all hear about when it is really needed ???

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-29 17:24

    Please let us know who she is and what people can do to help. I do not have much, but I will make a small anonymous donation. Just want a verifiable bank account number please. If the media relly wants to help, publish his name !!!

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-29 17:26

    What kind of person, creature, premate or animal would do something like that.??? Nowhere in nature do you find such barbaric actions exept in Africa, where they are still told by whichdoctors that actions this can cure AIDS.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-29 17:31

    how on earth does an animal/monster like this get bail? It is really beyond me. Released into his guardians care,,,was that not where he was when he did these monstrous deeds? He should be removed from the gene pool ASAP (I take it the little girl identified him)

  • Sarita - 2012-04-29 17:44

    I feel for both grannys.They are friends and know each others problems with the kids.It is time that parents be there for their own children and stop dumping them on family members.Too often young people who is not ready for the responsibility have kids and make the upbringing the poor grandparents problem.We pray for this little one's recovery

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-29 17:46

    Thats why I do not go to Church, look at how it has damaged this used to wash dishes Boy.

      Alaina - 2012-04-29 19:34

      You can't blame the church- they don't condone actions like this. It is NEVER the church's fault, NEVER religions fault- it is always the fault of the person commiting these deeds.

      Esther - 2012-04-29 21:44

      I dont think its about going to church this is what mostly happens to an adolecent boy with no father figure...

  • Lynda - 2012-04-29 18:16

    Poor little girl.....not only blinded but scarred for life

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-29 21:20

    Good one leonard.

  • Esther - 2012-04-29 21:35

    I personaly think this boy should be jailed what he did is totaly unforgiveble...

      nokuthandwa - 2012-04-30 08:16

      I personally think he will do it again!!! It's really unforgivable!

  • Douglas - 2012-04-29 23:30

    This is a tragic story, and that's all there is to it. Our youth, it appears, are sick. My thoughts go out to this young girl, and all those close to her.

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