‘We fear our child may never get the justice she deserves’

THE parents of an 11-month-old baby from Imbali Unit J who was allegedly raped at a crèche about a month ago, claim that Plessislaer Police Station officers are not prioritising their child’s case.

Last week the parents and Echo joined the DA at an oversight visit at Plessislaer Police Station.

Echo previously reported on a five-day delay before the a rape case was finally registered at the police station.

The father of the baby said they hope that the DA’s intervention will assist them in getting the police to put more effort into the case and see it as a priority.

He said what frustrates them the most is that the police are seemingly not putting any effort into trying to find the person who raped their child.

“The women who were looking after the child at the crèche on the day of the incident have not been questioned by the police. If the police want to find the suspects they must question those women,” he said.

He said after meeting with the police during the oversight visit, they were left with more questions than answers.

“We were told that the docket does not even have the suspect’s name on it yet DNA samples were taken from the suspect. We were told that the suspect handed himself over to the police but we were never informed. Instead, the investigating officer went ahead and took the DNA samples without us knowing.

“We feel as if the police are failing us and our daughter. We fear that she might never get the justice she deserves.”

He said when the family calls for an update, they do not get the answers they are looking for.

After meeting with police and the investigating officer of the case, Zwakele Mncwango from the DA, who was accompanied by Sharon Hoosen, said they found that there is no initiative from the police to do further investigations, saying: “As much as they are waiting for a DNA sample result, because there was no positive identification, they must go beyond that.”

Mncwango said they have requested that the police to do further investigations in this case.

“We will also try and meet the provincial commissioner and request for their intervention. “This is one of the cases where the criminals [will] walk away because the police have failed in their process to do justice on the docket. I am so frustrated because if this case is not solved the child will not get justice,” said Mncwango.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said the unit commander is baffled by the allegations that the complainant was turned away as the case was opened on the same day that the victim was examined.

“According to the unit Commander at the Family Violence,Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, the incident was reported on September 28, the child was taken to hospital for medical attention and the case was immediately opened.

“DNA analysis to link the alleged suspect was conducted and investigators are awaiting the results. We are informed that the investigating officer is in regular contact with the complainant.

“We are appealing to the complainant to work closely with the investigating officer and to allow for the necessary processes to be followed during all stages of the investigation until the case is ready to be successfully prosecuted,” he said.

“We have been told that the docket does not even have the suspect’s name on it yet DNA samples were taken from the suspect. We are told that the suspect handed himself over to the police but we were never asked to come and identify him. Instead, the investigating officer went ahead and took the DNA samples without us knowing.”

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