Teen rescued from forced marriage

2012-10-01 10:47

Cape Town - A 16-year-old girl is being held in a place of safety after she was rescued by authorities from a 45-year-old man who is accused of kidnapping and raping her.

The teenager from the Eastern Cape was apparently taken from her home in June and married off to the man against her will, The Times reported.

The teen was brought to Dunoon in Cape Town where she was raped repeatedly.

The case is believed to relate to a traditional practice called ukuthwala (forced marriage), which is being clamped down on in the Eastern Cape.

The 16-year-old is from Nqamakwe, near Butterworth.

She managed to draw attention to her plight by convincing her husband that she needed urgent medical attention. At a clinic she told a nurse what had happened to her, and the police were called.  

The man was arrested and would soon appear in court.

A government source said the girl could be returned home but it would first be established whether she would be safe there or whether her parents had been involved in the forced marriage.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-01 11:25

    Poor kid.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-01 11:29

    But hey folks,just don't call people who practice this culture primitive and barbaric,you will be called a racist and shouted down by the rightious chosen ones. F'n animals

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-10-01 11:29


      carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-01 13:49

      Animals don't do this, they are parasites.

  • nicky.tyrrell - 2012-10-01 11:38

    Who else but her parents would have forced her into this marriage? How stupid to send her back to them.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-10-01 12:01

      No need to degrade animals in the name of humans who are just plain scum!

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-10-01 12:01

      Read nicely. She is ready to be sent back IF they decided she would be safe there, and the parent had nothing to do with the forced marraige. If she had been kidnapped, it could easily have been without the parents knowledge. Lets just she what comes out in the trial.

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-10-01 11:57

    Eyi its people like these who are giving our culture a bad name. The poor girl is old enough to be his daughter when you check the age difference. She was suppose to be at school for crying out loud. On a forced marriage, the man normally goes to the young woman's family the day after he has done the thing and its normally people who are acquainted to each other in most cases.

  • LanfearM - 2012-10-01 12:23

    Poor girl! This practice of forcing young girls to marry old perverts must be stopped. Only if the girl is in full agreement can it even be considered. At some commentators here, please stop callling these people "animals" as if it is an insult. We are all animals, we homo sapiens are only clever animals after all, and other animals don't do things like this. Only us "superior" species rape and murder, and know it.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-01 13:34

    welcome to knowing the otherside of sa

  • lielie.smit - 2012-10-01 14:18

    seriously?! What the hell!!

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-01 14:43

    I consider myself quite a sharp bloke but im confused,maybe someone can help me.What are these things,not human,not animal,maybe devil but what are they,i know the old term which is now banned so what are they?

      rvbrink - 2012-10-01 20:03

      scum of the earth

  • johnathin.steenkamp.7 - 2012-10-01 16:00

    joh joh

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  • johnathin.steenkamp.7 - 2012-10-02 08:24

    people are sick

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-12 15:25

    old enough to be his daughter, some men really @ 45.

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