Mom tracks down girl's attacker

2012-02-08 15:14

Johannesburg - The mother of a 7-year-old girl who was raped and had her throat slit with a broken mirror, says police took nearly three months to arrest the suspect, and didn't even collect evidence.

Gauteng police said on Wednesday that a Katlehong man was arrested for the attack.

He broke into his ex-girlfriend's shack in a squatter camp in Palm Ridge, Eden Park, on November 20, Captain Pinky Tsinyane said.

She was not there, but he found her two children asleep and allegedly attacked the 7-year-old girl. She survived, but had to be operated on.

The man was arrested at his shack on Wednesday morning.

Police criticised

The girl's 28-year-old mother, who may not be named to protect the child's identity, has criticised the Eden Park police for taking so long to arrest him.

"He has been walking the streets since he did this," she said. She had had to track him down herself so the police could finally arrest him.

She also said the police had yet to fetch the broken mirror from her house.

"There was evidence at the scene I think police could have used, but they never came and now I have moved from that place."

The mother said the man had threatened to kill her if she reported the matter to the police.


"What if he had killed me and my children like he had promised to? This happened in November... it's now February. Why were they not arresting him?" she asked.

Both of her children were being cared for by social workers until she could find a safe place to live.

"The suspect was hopping from one place to another, running away from the police," Tsinyane said.

The arrest took place following a report by Health-E News, published in the Star newspaper on Tuesday.

The man was expected to appear in the Alberton Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of rape, attempted murder and housebreaking.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-08 15:20


      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-08 15:37

      Some rotten potatoes does not make the whole bag rotten, not as yet. So calm down

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-08 15:42

      True - problem is that no evidence collecetd so he will probably get away with it. Then she will really fear for her life.

      Other - 2012-02-08 15:43

      PATHETIC - @makatika, I agree, however, when you buy a bag of potatoes and 95% are rotten, you get angry, and justifiably so.

      Bokfan - 2012-02-08 15:43

      Makatika not as yet? wtf do you mean not as yet? If you find something rotten in the bag you remove it BEFORE it contaminates the rest. Ye gods man catch a wakeup.This woman and her child were left to suffer with NO HELP from those with a duty to protect them. What does it take to get you anc boneheads to do something positive for a change?

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-08 15:51

      @Bokfan - I was responding to Comrade about making this a government issues. and you also want to politicize it and How do you know the police he reported the matter to is not a DA or any other party member, I see you just want to drag us all to your level

      Comrade - 2012-02-08 15:54

      @makatika - compare this police force (joke) to the our police force 1990 - 1995 .... you cannot compare. WHY.....because its run by the flea circus / disneyland / kindergarten / cANCer

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-08 15:57

      @Other I hear you point but I still there are other hard-working police out there who put their life on the front-line in order to protect us. If you say 95% are rotten I don't think we would have seen a reduction in crime statistics over the last year. You estimate would suggest that we are better off without police at all because it would mean is gonna be a mission to get 95% rotten out of the system, and it is will be nearly impossible doing that with a 5% good ones

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-02-08 16:05

      SAPS = South African Palooka Society. Support the Traditional African Way i.e. Kangaroo Court. Let these palookas play with their friends on the high way for all their worth. If the whole community comes forward and no one appears to be the leader, these guys would rather let it go. It would be too much work. That badge and hat is just too heavy to let a them do the work they swore to do. Wake-up people these people are not there to protect and serve. They only want to get served.

      Colin - 2012-02-08 16:56

      @ Makatika. Well said. too much political and racial rhetoric on this forum from all shades of South Africans. How in God's name will we ever succeed if the only comments are from moron's who can't see a simple story for what it is without bringing their destructive anger to play. I sometimes think that whoever moderates these comments just sits there and laughs at everyone as the vicious tirades flow backwards and forwards. All peopple are people and deserve equal treatment, whether it be at the hands of the law or society. Black, white, everyone must realise that we are all up against the common enemy of prejudice and corruption, and must never generalise about it. There are racists and exploiters in every sector of society and we should be banding together as 49 million to root them out not throwing stick and stones at each other. Shame on whoever is so deplorable to blame everything on race. Get over it and BUILD a new life by being positive!

      Bokfan - 2012-02-08 20:37

      Makatika My "friend" the fact that you have no concern for the woman or her daughter makes you a rotten potato in my bag. Out you go!!

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-02-09 10:28

      Hi Makatika, I echo Colin's comments. I think the problem in certain areas of SA, that I couldn't even begin to imagine what the conditions must be like, probably inure the police to delivering prompt and effective action. Must be terrible job. Anyway, now that he's in jail, I hope he never gets out - although I have my doubts about that.

      Christopher - 2012-02-09 12:29

      @Makatika..."so calm down"... those rotten potatoes have become an infestation mush of grey matter mainly yours and your anc cadres!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-12 21:20

      @ Makatika..Read the article. This happened in Gauteng which is not D.A. controlled..yet! All the senior officers there are political BE appointments. If this happened in D.A. territory I can assure you that this matter would have been handled proffesionaly and wrapped up within a week or two. Most of the green police which are DA are extremely proud of their work and do it efficiently. I wonder if you understand the term "efficient" if you can utter the garbage which I see here!

  • Wendy - 2012-02-08 15:26

    Shocking ! so can someone tell me, we are paying taxes why?

      Ruben - 2012-02-08 15:34

      YES i can tell you why ... so that the anc can hold party's and fly with 3 jets and own 3 bmw's each and live in houses that are worth millions ! and so that they can have lots of wifes with lots of hildren and we pay for them!!! they are killing this Country!!!! everyone goes on about the road accidents but have you looked at the murder stats?

  • Sicelo - 2012-02-08 15:30

    Well I am not suprised about the police dragging their feet on pressing cases like these. They were busy looking for easy targets like drinking and walking, urinating in public, sheebeens that open too late so that they can help themselves with the booze, etc. I know cause I also stay in that area.

      MoAfrika - 2012-02-08 15:40

      i could have not said it better...

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-08 15:44

      Wow. That says a lot. Disgusting

      Fumanchu - 2012-02-08 15:52

      Then I truly feel for you and your neighbours Sicelo. Nothing can be done until all in the area start voting for change... don't even know if it's too late for that though.

  • Shanelle - 2012-02-08 15:30

    No words for our "protection services"!!

  • Omrisho - 2012-02-08 15:41

    pathetic... saps need to try (at least) to restore some credibility (which is going to be a near impossible PR exercise) otherwise mob justice will become the only way for the victimised public... eish, government, get with the programme, what happened to "a better future for all" and "protect and serve"

  • Mashudu - 2012-02-08 15:43

    Police sometimes r useless! the next thing they r going to say is there's no enough evidence while they didn't bother to collect it.

  • jade.bulley - 2012-02-08 15:43

    Sick individual. What kind of pleasure does a person get from raping a seven year old? Hang the pig!

  • Other - 2012-02-08 15:45

    This poor woman and her poor little girl, this is a gross FAILURE by the police. Allowing this man to walk around while the mother has to try and find safe accommodation because of gross incompetence by the police. Yet another dismal mess by the people that are meant to protect us.

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-02-08 15:49

    hunt him down? Woulda done that too, have him arrested? Hell no, i will have me arrested and him BURIED!! Bloody savage

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-09 13:34

      Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, the mother should of chopped off his penis, and let him bleed to death. Don't know why she even bothered calling the cops who must of been hiding in some bushes waiting to catch motorists speeding, or looking for the next bribe. Cases like this are to tedious for the cops.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-08 16:07

    Thank you mam! I am sorry that you and your child had to went through such a ordeal and I am sorry that you had to do the police's work. That the unit that was supposed to protect and serve you, failed. I am sorry!!! Baie, baie dankie!!! Ek wens u en u gesin graag 'n voorspoedige toekoms toe. A fellow South African.

      larisha.toffar - 2012-02-08 17:00

      What a nice message, I on the other hand would not have handed him over if it had happened to me and i had found him!!! he'll be out SOOON... that's if he ever gets in! guess the docket will just go missing or not enough evidence. what a shame

  • Scebberish - 2012-02-08 16:28

    Its more important to arrest pregnant women for buying a beer!!!

  • Silas - 2012-02-08 16:29

    Eden PArk Police station has never ever performed and I can prove them

  • Scebberish - 2012-02-08 16:31

    How come the Police can not catch the real criminals but have no problem in taking immediate action against "kangaroo courts" who finally get fed up and take action against violent and probably insane criminals???

  • Silas - 2012-02-08 16:32

    At Eden PArk police Station they change hands with my Case and I had few cases reported to Eden Park, until today, There is Police Commander there, he is just sitting and get paid

  • Sharon - 2012-02-08 16:33

    Its amazing how many cases are thrown out of court for lack of evidence - I wonder why that is.... I am so sorry for the ordeal this poor little girl had to go through, it breaks my heart.

  • Silas - 2012-02-08 16:38

    I Once disturbed house robbers carrying stolen Goods in Palm Ridge and they drop staff andran away , i took the goods to Eden PArk Police Station until today no one came back with the feedback

  • Etienne - 2012-02-08 16:51

    The Police asked all ex police to apply for re-enlistment so that they could bolster there ranks with experienced police officails.This was just a paper excercise on there part because they apparently had no posts available. I was one of 300 that re-applied.One day they will realise that they are disadvantaging the people they are supposed to protect and serve.There are still some excellent police out there but they are over shadowed by the ones who just don't care.

  • Priscilla - 2012-02-08 17:01

    @makatika. One, potatoes affected the hole bunch it just spread slowly but it does. Nobody has got pride in there work anymore. Attitude is "why should I, If he does not?" Try getting a murder case solve for 7 years . Opened and closed 3 times already. If they did there job wright the first time there will be less crime and more resolve cases. If, they are so great why is the crime rate so high. Cause everybody is waiting for Mr.or Mrs. somebody to take the lead and do something, that is why nothing is being done as it should have been. Why does the families always have to try and try, they are the ones who needs closer and positive results.

  • hadedah - 2012-02-08 17:25

    Let him be the first to be hung for what he did and let the public see what happens, perhaps then things will start to come right

  • jacques.vermaak - 2012-02-08 17:53

    The man is sick and needs medical attention.I know of a very good Russian Doctor. Doctor Cutshabollsoff.

      Gallant LeVogue - 2012-02-08 18:08

      Hahahaha, DEAD!! Jacques, that kinda doctor should be advocated by all for this bustard.

      trix.duvenage - 2012-02-08 18:36

      Jakkie... jy spelle dit verkeerd en dis ook nie 'n dokter nie. Jy praat van die russiese minister van gesinsbeplanning en sy naam is Katjie Ballshoff

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-02-08 18:27

    The easiest way to get the police to come out to your place [after you had a burglary or such] is to phone them and tell them you just killed somebody. Or tell them there are 12 armed guys in front of your house. This is the fastest way to get a responce without excuses that they had no transport or all that kind of crap excuses. 90% of the SAP is corrupted, lazy and at some stations absolutely incompetent. To my mindthe SAP is ONEof the biggest problems in our country today. I had a burglary in Kempton Park a little more than a year ago and I reported it the same night I discovered the insident. Ons guy came out the next day [past nine] and he promised that the fingerprint guys were to turn up later in the day. Two days later [after I have heard nothing from them] I went back to the station and was told that they have moved my case to another detective. I wanted to add some articles to the list of missing things and me and this 'new' detective started searching for my documents. We found it later on where it were filed in the 'archive' In other words, two days after the burglary, my 'case' was filed with the unsolved cases and unnecessary to say, I never heard from them again. VIVA South Africa viva. Viva the SAP viva.... This is our rainbow country. This mother will have to move mountains before that rapist will be locked up and then she will have to go and hide somewhere as he will only be inside for a little while.

      Dianne - 2012-02-09 10:45

      Whilst I do agree with everything you say there are fortunatly exceptions to the rule. My 88 year old mother was assaulted and stabbed across the road from our home. Witnesses chased the mugger, caught him and beat the cr*p out of him. He had my mother bag under his coat, which they retrieved. The Primrose cops were called and arrived in just a few minutes. They each gave him a kick as well. He looked like a lump of bleeding snot. The Primrose SAP/Detectives have been fantastic, they have kept us informed and the detective (Coetzee) promised my mom he would accompany her to courtm (with us) so he is not intimidated. The police also reported to us that there is a massive rap sheet on this mugger as far away as Uitenhage. We have to go to court at the end of this month for his sentencing....attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery to name but a few of the charges the SAPS laid against him. Hopefully in this case justice will be done. Primrose SAPS, thank you for an awesome service to my mom and the courtesy extended to her.

  • Johnnie - 2012-02-08 20:09

    And they call themselves the protector of the people. What a joke.

  • Carol - 2012-02-08 21:22

    This makes me so angry, sad and disappointed in the police and news24 !!!! Why was this man not arrested before? News24 - please provide more details - this is a half baked story. We want full disclosure - don't print if its half baked!!!!!

  • Germaine - 2012-02-09 10:13

    Would you kindly send contact details of the mother of the 7yr old rape victim so we at Women And Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) Kidz Clinic Boksburg can offer free therapy services to all members of the family - thank you Germaine Vogel-Horowitz, Advocacy Manager, WMACA

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-09 13:48

      Thank you for extending your hand to assist :)

  • Dianne - 2012-02-09 10:17

    It's no wonder that the people take matters into their own hands so often. Sometimes it's the only way justice is done. I don't condone it but I do understand it. My heart goes out to this child and her family. Keep the faith little one.

  • Desiree - 2012-02-09 10:46

    we're failing our children...its the saddest truth of all....

  • Koos - 2012-02-09 11:09

    mmm..... why was the kids alone????

  • kevin.moreland2 - 2012-02-09 11:09

    why do u leave your children home a loan dumb ass!!!!

  • Ant - 2012-02-09 11:18

    now you know what they take the law into ther own hands it was her blood that got raped and all they can say is we looking into it its a pity that she did not break his legs just for starter then work her way up the the little brain well done

  • Arthur - 2012-02-09 11:20

    A disgusting display of disinterest by the local police force What has one got to have happen to them, before these drones spring into action?? Shame on them...these people could have been murdered by now

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-02-09 12:12

    This is exactly why I'd take the law into my own hands. Shameful

  • foxiloxi - 2012-02-09 12:44

    This guys should be strung up in public!! He does not deserve to breath the same air as the rest of us!! Sick savage!! Disgusting how bad some of our police officers are!!

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-09 13:41

    Imagine if I was a mother, and such filth decides to violate my daughter believe you me, he will never live to tell the story, never live to appear in court, and neither will he live to apply for bail to roam the streets looking for his next innocent victim. He will die a very slow death!!

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