- The KZN social development department says a 52-year-old man had allegedly sexually abused his now 21-year-old daughter since she was 12.
- The department sent a team of social workers to investigate and to provide psycho-social support for the girl and the family.
- Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza called on law enforcement to also investigate the matter.
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development has sent a team of social workers to Bulwer in the midlands to probe allegations that a father had been sexually abusing his daughter for nearly nine years.
Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza said she was outraged following a report in the Ilanga LangeSonto Newspaper that the 52-year-old had been sexually abusing his now 21-year-old daughter since she was 12-years-old and that she was pregnant.
"We are shocked by the incident of a father sleeping with his daughter. Such disgusting acts show that we have people in our society who have lost their moral compass and cannot even see what is wrong with such acts," Khoza said.
The girl's mother was believed to have died. She lives with her sibling, the father and her stepmother.
The department said it was alleged that she refused to end the relationship with her father, which had caused a rift in the family.
"Our team of social workers will also have sessions with the girl and provide her with psycho-social support. Our law enforcement agencies also need to come in to investigate the case. This man should face statutory rape [charges] since he started to sleep with his daughter while still a minor," Khoza said.
While she commended those in the community who had alerted the media, she felt this matter should have been reported earlier.
"If the communities did not keep quiet for so long, such dastardly acts may have been averted earlier. Our communities should understand that ignoring cases of sexual exploitation perpetuates such actions," she added.