Gran turns teen in after horrific rape

2012-04-26 08:06

Durban - A Gingindlovu grandmother called the police to arrest her teenage grandson after he was fingered for the rape of an 8-year-old girl whose left eye was gouged out in the brutal attack.

The 15-year-old boy was accused on Monday of raping another girl and his grandmother reprimanded him.

But when news filtered through of what he had allegedly done to the 8-year-old girl on the same day, she decided to leave it to a higher authority.


“We did not reprimand him the second time because we feared he would run away like he did when the first family came to our house,” the grandmother told The Witness.

She cannot be named to protect the identity of the child suspect.

“We called the police and he was arrested. He was not naughty at home; he was a normal child.

“We spoke to the girl’s family and I was there when she was taken to hospital. We are horrified by this incident.”

The families know each other, as they attend the same church, and their children are at the same school.

The victim’s grandmother also described the suspect as a “normal” child.

The 15-year-old appeared in the local magistrate’s court on Wednesday.

Evil spirits blamed

His grandmother blamed evil spirits for the change in her grandson.

During the Easter weekend, the 15-year-old had experienced visions of a man commanding him to commit evil deeds, she said.

“We prayed for him at the time that he would no longer dream of this evil man. I believe evil spirits led him to do what he did,” she said.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the girl was dragged into a sugarcane field on her way home from school in the Mvutshini area of Gingindlovu, near Eshowe, on Monday.

Her attacker also tried to gouge out her right eye.

Unable to walk, the girl dragged herself home, he said.

Her grandmother, already concerned about her being late from school, was horrified to see the child bleeding, with her eyeball hanging from its socket.

Zwane added: “The suspect had bitten her on the neck, raped her and left her lying helplessly on the ground.”

The child was rushed to a clinic and then transferred to Ngwelezane Hospital, near Empangeni. She was in a serious but stable condition on Wednesday.

“”My grandchild is still traumatised by the incident,” the girl’s grandmother said.

“She wants me close to her so I am with her at the hospital. She has been in theatre today and her eye has been removed.”

The mother of the suspect lives in Durban, but has returned home.

The case has been postponed to May 25.

Child sexual abuse cases

A staggering 3 000 cases of sexual abuse of children are being dealt with by Childline in KwaZulu-Natal.

Said Linda Naidoo, director of Childline KZN: “This province is leading nationally when it comes to the sexual abuse of children and we need to do something about this as we don’t have resources. We need to be vigilant and protect our children as they are vulnerable.”

Referring to the latest attack, Naidoo said: “A child being exposed to extreme violence can make him angry and he may want to take revenge. The brutality and gouging the eyes of the victim out show he also aggressively disregarded the victim’s rights when attacking her. It may be because he wanted to hide the truth about the rape.”

She said the calls to Lifeline about child abuse show that a lot needs to be done. She urged the public to report cases so that they can be investigated.

Pietermaritzburg psychologist Clive Willows said the level of violence displayed in the rape suggested a deep-seated pathology and a complete disregard for another person’s feelings. “Rape is terrible, but on a continuum of violence, this is horrific.”

  • d4zza - 2012-04-26 08:16

    May he rot in hell for all eternity!

  • Mfundi - 2012-04-26 08:17

    This is sick! Sies!!!!WTF is wrong with South Africans?

      Mfundi - 2012-04-26 09:06

      Obviously not all South Africans. I'm a South African as well but do not consider myself to be part of the unruly bunch. But these people are citizens of the Republic of South Africa and therefore South Africans. Let's not deviate... These rapes and murders are SICK!!

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-04-26 08:17

    When she thought it was just rape - she "reprimanded" him? So she didn't think that RAPE warrented turning him in? I am now simply gobbsmacked!

  • Zinhle - 2012-04-26 08:18

    Gran did a good thing by not protecting the monster but call the police. wanda whats happening in the world, teens are becoming monsters. Looks lyk our justice is too leniant when it comes to rape cases, why there is such an increase in rape ineidents. Kids are getting robbed of their childhood. Nxxxh.

  • Dave - 2012-04-26 08:18

    Its a simple fact of the punishment doesn't fit the crime if he is guilty he wont be in prison for more that 3 years. Harsher punishments are clearly needed.

  • lovellt - 2012-04-26 08:23

    This guy was fingered?

      lovellt - 2012-04-26 08:35

      Hey don't thumbs down me, thumbs down the dude who wrote this article. He said it, not me.

      Martin - 2012-04-26 08:47

      hahahah sick sense of humour over here,

  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-04-26 08:23

    parents should put more attention on how they raise their kids

      Erika - 2012-04-26 09:21

      I agree with you, but what worries me is that no one is mentioning the parents. Why is it that only the grandmothers are mentioned. In the article the grandmother is saying that the girl does not want her to leave her alone in hospital. In a case like this you want your parents next to you!!

      John - 2012-04-27 05:26

      @Erica, if you read the article, in this particular case the mother works in Durban. Most of the parents in these small towns have to go to the cities for work and they leave the children in the care of their mothers.

  • i2meleng - 2012-04-26 08:25

    What's happening to this world - such pure eveil :-(

  • Anita - 2012-04-26 08:32

    I actually can't anymorre really! This country is F*(%ing disgusting! Evil spirits - can you be that stupid, surely not? Surely no one is as stupid as this? Cut it off!

  • thabang.matjila1 - 2012-04-26 08:32

    This person absolutely without any doubt deserves the death penalty!!!

  • Schmee - 2012-04-26 08:34

    WTF? The grandmother reprimanded him when she heard of the first rape? Reprimanded???

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-26 20:10

      This is the same question that I had since reading this article why didn't gogo report him to police in the 1st rape case ! This terrible rape and maiming of a 8yr old could of being prevented ! So gran is just so to blame for this second crime !

  • Rob - 2012-04-26 08:37

    Evil Spirits.....Hmmmm could it just be a case of more " black magic. "

  • Nirosha - 2012-04-26 08:37

    Disgusting! you can reprimand someone if they steal or do something along that line. It shows you how lightly rape is really taken, if ordinary people feel its ok, then the mindset that the punishment will be just a slap on the wrist. The adults in this community are not protecting their children, and maybe they should also be prosecuted.

      Linda - 2012-04-26 09:31

      Exactly, Nirosha. I got the impression he was reported for the second rape more because of the eye gouging than the rape. Sick society.

  • Candice - 2012-04-26 08:37

    If he can do this disgusting act at 15, what the hell will he be doing at 20yrs old????????

      Rob - 2012-04-26 08:40

      20 years !

      JJ - 2012-04-26 08:48

      Hahaha...good one Rob, but most likely life!!

  • Tammy - 2012-04-26 08:39

    Sick F$$$ing psychopathic little thing!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-26 08:40

    Well said Mfundi we need a mind like yours to lead this country.Look at all the land in the eastern cape that is eroding away why isnt government working that land to be productive?

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-26 08:46

    One needs to realy ask what kind of a society are we living in. What is that needs to be done to the teens, a 15 year boy being lebeled a rapist at a tender age. No no that is nt normal, th society needs a change.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-26 08:46

    One needs to realy ask what kind of a society are we living in. What is that needs to be done to the teens, a 15 year boy being lebeled a rapist at a tender age. No no that is nt normal, th society needs a change.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-26 08:46

    One needs to realy ask what kind of a society are we living in. What is that needs to be done to the teens, a 15 year boy being lebeled a rapist at a tender age. No no that is nt normal, th society needs a change.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-26 08:50

    And business and advertising companies continue with the evil strategy that sex sells, bombard them with sex so we can make money. Who cares if it lands up in the wrong hands?

      Linda - 2012-04-26 09:35

      Andrew, rape is crime of violence. Sex is only a means to an end.

  • Jean - 2012-04-26 08:52

    ja-nee, commit a crime... blame it on evil spirits. More like the evil spirit of the boy self. What wickedness to not only rape but savagely attack the poor child. May her family and their love help her through this horrible time.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-26 09:22

      Well their "teachers" blame every evil deed they commit on apartheid so it gets taught to them that it's never your fault, always someone else responsible for your evil deeds.

  • Xanavin - 2012-04-26 08:54

    Castrate the little ba$tard before he becomes a serial rapists when he's older. This $hit happens when you have a president who is not an example.

  • Phumi - 2012-04-26 08:54

    We should always wonder and aks ourselves why are these type of crimes not popular amongst the affluent and well off? This is no different from the question Thabo Mbeki asked about HIV/AIDS. That is that the legacy of the past called poverty had everything to do witht these type of problems we see today. The root cause of poverty it is still the economy that still favours those who are affluent and more paler than the rest of us. Furthermore even to those who claim it is education I would like to ask them one question. How do you teach someone who is hungry?

      Rob - 2012-04-26 09:13

      Blinkers off Phumi. Raping wont fill the belly. Multi spouse - Multi offspring = dysfunctional families = poverty & hunger. Change that mindset to less breeding = more feeding and a huge part of the battle is won. Instead of looking elsewhere to place the blame, rather look at your own peoples family structures & the harm that this causes !

      Toofaan - 2012-04-26 09:21

      @ Phumi. You're wrong. Raping and maiming a little 8 year old has nothing to do with poverty. If anything, the closeness of community and spirit of uBuntu is stronger in poorer communities where they rely more on each other. This sickness is something that you cannot blame anyone else for. When you start doing that you're part of the problem and nobody will ever look to themselves to improve. And anyone who believes in this evil spirit stuff actually is not willing to progress and therefore belongs in the situation that they're in - it's just another way to shift responsibility.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-26 09:28

      No Pumi, it's because you have been teaching your children that nothing they do is their own fault. Its people like you that aren't interested in a solution, you just like spreading the filth around and it has finally affected the brains of the youth. If they are living in poverty then why aren't the ANC doing anything? 18 years they have had power, this kid is only 15. If any government is to blame it's yours.

      Mfundi - 2012-04-26 10:06

      Hayi Phumi. Not all of us grew up with silver spoons in our mouths but we know what wrong and right is. There is a lot of people who grew up in poverty but have grown up to contribute positively in their communities. I think that this all stems from an attitude of not wanting to take responsibility. Sure, something are due to apartheid but this was abolished in 1994, since then it's been 18 years of democracy, lead by our "black" government. I know SA cannot be rebuilt in just 18 years. But they could have done better to uplift education in the less privileged communities. Unfortunately they have never instilled a sense of pride in people instead they have given people a sense of entitlement. They have taught the people to always look up to the government and not within. Steve Biko wanted to teach the black man to have pride and feel worthy and that was part of his liberation and I strongly believe that. We need a sense of pride and ownership of our actions. If earn little money and I abuse it by shopping endlessly, if I get a million dollars I will spend it recklessly as well until I am taught how to handle money. So your theory does not stand with me.

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-26 19:24

      Phumi, it is good to wonder however there are rapists among paler more affluent people too who ARE educated. The problem is that there is a vacuum in the home because so many men walk awy from a woman they have impregnated and take no further interest in their sons. It is because the old traditonal way of respect for elders has disappeared. It is because children are NOT taught that freedom and rights come with the reponsibility that your rights do not harm the rights of others. 200 years ago these young males would have been herding goats and have duties to perform as part of their family structure to learn responsibility and work ethic. Boys who engaged in this form of activity and were caught were punished with impalement and a slow brutal death as was the female. I'm not suggesting that this punishment be brought back, however I believe that the young males who use power and physical strength against women regardless of mental capacity should undergo castration.Men should be taught by their fathers to respect the physical and emotional characterisitics of their mothers and sisters and that of their friends sisters and womenfolk. Women should learn that men are not necessarily a meal ticket and that they should love and respect themselves enough to do it for themselves.It isn't just about not getting aids or gaining grants or cellphones from a sugar daddy.If you can't afford some luxury then work for it some other way. The grant does not cover a month's taxi fare!

  • Henry - 2012-04-26 08:59

    I applause the grandmother for taking suitable steps in this manner. It's a fact that something needs tobe done to address this problem, as most the cause such incidents is the childrens expose to violent family disputes, aesy access to pornographic materials on tv and internet, pornographic dvd sales on the streets. We (as the society need to work in co-operation with the teacher, social workers and every stakeholders to mantain and groom morals into the mind of our children. We really caN,t go on like tihs.

  • Marius Koen - 2012-04-26 09:05

    Mad world.

  • Stephan - 2012-04-26 09:09

    Not goin to debate this...its horrific,hope someone can help this little girl.

  • Milton - 2012-04-26 09:10

    Devil's little angel. Bad thing is south africa of today is too democratic. They will let him go coz he is a minor. They must castrate this 'shower' bo.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-26 09:11

    Why do the nations plan rebellion? Why do people make their useless plots? Their kings revolt, their rulers plot together against the LORD and against the king he chose. “Let us free ourselves from their rule,” they say; “let us throw off their control.” From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs and mocks their feeble plans. Then he warns them in anger and terrifies them with his fury. (Psalm 2:1-5 GNT)

      Phae - 2012-04-26 09:44

      Your god laughs and mocks feeble plans and terrifies them with his fury? This man of yours sounds like a psycho bully. And where is your compassion for this injured terrified little girl? And concern for a numbed, broken society from years of trauma? Instead you take the opportunity to distribute this garbage, you have a deranged hateful religion if you think this is an appropriate response to this tragic event.

  • louwc - 2012-04-26 09:14

    This truly sad. Consider this though before you blame the parents. Township life is hard, very very hard and tough. The parents by and large have no option but to rely on others to look after the young as dad goes to work in a garden and mom chars to collectivey bring home R200 for the day. Ths is survival. This has nothing to do with "black culture" or parental failings. Before you suggest this, try and survive on R200 a day and see how your moral compass looks after couple of years. Poverty and unemployment makes it very difficult for people to behave the same as someone living in an upmarket suburb. These communities dont need their morals questioning, they need real help and real fast!

  • Msika - 2012-04-26 09:15

    They do not call SA the "Rape capital of the world" for nothing. Well done ma gogo for turning this sick little sh!!!t.

  • lucky.maduwa - 2012-04-26 09:15

    this lil b* boy should be arested and locked up in jail,he raped at 15 so he is old enough to remain behind bars for atleast a year,it will also teach other kids a lesson,u blody b*

  • Milton - 2012-04-26 09:18

    Not suprised that KZN is leading in terms of sexual offenses. The boy is also claiming using a shower after the rape to destroy evidence.

  • Thembi - 2012-04-26 09:18

    South african Law doesn't recognise Rape as a serious offence that's why men continue to rape and nobody really cares.A woman is just a doormat for the men,so why is everyone surrised?there's lots of rapes that goes unreported daily.Men don't seem to know what rape means to a woman,the trauma and cruelity.

  • Bryan - 2012-04-26 09:18

    A man gets 22 years for fraud while rapists & murderers run amock. Something is way out of balance !

  • Riëtte - 2012-04-26 09:23

    The only evil spirit here is this man, not boy, who deserves the most harshest punishment. I'm sick of this culture of blaming "evil spirits" for any wrongdoing! He is a sick piece of work, and if he can do this at 15, imagine him at 30. Remove him from society forever, he is a danger.

  • thulanit3 - 2012-04-26 09:31

    Its horrible!

  • mattcredible - 2012-04-26 09:32

    Now this is purely barbaric! That poor girl now has a disability as WELL as having to live with the emotional scars. Evil spirits my ARSE! This sick and perverted little bugger needs a kick up the backside and chucked into chookie awaiting a DEATH SENTENCE.

  • Will - 2012-04-26 09:39

    'After he was fingered for the rape of an 8-year-old girl' ---> Editors , is there no other way to structure this sentence !?

  • Deon - 2012-04-26 09:39

    This is not a normal child, 1 day he might rape his granny. He should get 50 years.

  • jomardl - 2012-04-26 09:41

    Armchair diagnosis: could be paranoid schizophrenia. Tragic but incurable, so there is no choice but to lock him up forever.

  • Jack - 2012-04-26 09:50

    Most local people there have a deep seated pathology. It is the Zulu way...

  • daniella.blazic - 2012-04-26 09:51

    I hope he rots in hell! PIG!

  • Caryn - 2012-04-26 09:57

    "we reprimanded him" for petes sake! that girls life will never be the same and you think giving him a wrap on the knuckles is going to make it right. pathetic.

  • J.D. - 2012-04-26 09:58

    Dis wat gebeur wanneer jy kinders maak om te verseker dat jou politieke party nogsteeds oor 20 jaar sal regeer. Hoe kla mens oor "poverty" en "Government moet deliver" wanneer jy 20 babatjies maak waarvoor jy nie kan sorg nie, waarvoor jy nie opvoeding kan gee en waaroor jy nie beheer het nie. En laat ek raai, die gaan nou weer gesien word as 'n rasistiese opmerking. Wat 'n wonderlike Suid Afrika

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-04-26 11:37

      100% waar wat jy daar se.

  • bounca363 - 2012-04-26 13:50

    WTF! A 15yr old boy not even an adult, commiting such horrendous acts. There is no reconcilliation for this boy. Seriosly we need to bring back the death penalty. Im sorry but to commit these acts as a child is a life long scare.

  • Bronwyn - 2012-04-26 13:56

    Hmmmm...I think my comment has been removed? I want to know WHY our govt is so hellbent on spending thousands to get DEWANI over here for killing his non SA wife, when the justice system is failing our very own SA CHILDREN by allowing a child RAPIST to go free like a cat among the pigeons! sick..sick..sick! The country is failing HAS failed and will CONTINUE failing her children!!

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-26 16:46

    Is it just me or are many of these rapes happening in JZ/KZN territory. 3 Talk did a program on this on Tues day and not one person was prepared to say that a 14 year old boy learns from what happens around him. If JZ could get away with it by claiming the victim was mentally unstable and essentially there and old enough and just get awy with a sorry why do we wonder where young boys get these ideas from. They learnt it from the highest in the land. JZ can also be charming and a normal etc and he is in his late 60's. This doesn't mean he hasn't taken endless wives because he is a dirty old man. I actually had an African child I was teaching claim that if he raped or killed anyone his parents would be the ones who did the time. I obviously disabused him of that warped thinking together with the rest of the class but the fact is that as long as we have a President who has his way with any woman and if caught out then marries them young boys are going to follow his lead. Except that they do it as some kind of power trip using women who are unable to degend themselves or know right from wrong. You are not normal ifyou do not know the difference or choose to take part in something in this case for a second time which you got away with by your makulu shouting at you. Castrate these boys, all of them, they do not have the brains or compassion that warrants them adding any of their genes to the gene pool. Oh and don't think religion excuses it either.

      Liz - 2012-04-26 19:20

      @gch and raheshood - while like everyone else on this page - I do not know the full circumstances of the family but I suspect they live in quite a rural area and in poor circumstances. No mention is made of the father and the mother works in Durban. Yes there is probably a huge failure in parenting but who knows - many kids have lost their parents due to AIDS and in all probability there is no social worker's office just around the corner to help you cope - life is really hard and these grannys are having it really tough dealing with undersocialised, neglected and/or abandoned children especially when they hit adolescence. My heart goes out to the granny knowing the huge struggles they have. Let's wait for the facts before getting too judgemental.

  • rajeshsood - 2012-04-26 18:38

    These children are born in a free SA. Where did they learn such animalistic disrespect for their own people. Truly are all people equal or are some people less than others and not fit for the privilege freedom ? These attacks are happening daily, this is unlikely to be mental illness and more a symptom of a sick society. A failure of parenting, of communal cohesion and religious values. I am sure this grandmother will bear the guilt of not reporting her grandson sooner. She is partly responsible for this rape.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 22:45

    Sick! What is wrong with our youth?

  • daryn.wickham - 2012-04-27 05:57

    It infuriates me when the excuse of drugs and evil spirits is used as an excuse for poor behavior. That is why we have problems today no one takes responsibility for their actions. This seems to be a trend even Hansie said the devil made me do it. Its a joke, actions are your actions and you are responsible for the actions. Although the child was only reprimanded the first time ??? Well done to the granny doing the right thing and calling the cops, it must have been a difficult decision to lock up your own grandchild, admiting they are not perfect and need to be dealt with. Some affluent parents and grandparents need to do the same, which they do not do. And as for the troll who made the comment oh he must have been "horny" again blaming feelings for his actions. You are in charge of your own body you decide if you want to listen to the devil, your God or you urges. When it gets to the point that you act based on those things without question, you have crossed the boundary and are seriously mentally deranged and are not operating from a "normal" sphere of thinking. This would be known as psychologically ill and you would need serious treatment !