Where is the country's leadership NGO asks following rape of 6-year-old girl in Mamelodi

ANC Women's League members protesting outside the Mamelodi Magistrate's Court where a 26-year-old man accused of raping a  6- year-old girl, appeared. (Alex Mitchley, News24)
ANC Women's League members protesting outside the Mamelodi Magistrate's Court where a 26-year-old man accused of raping a 6- year-old girl, appeared. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

Lobby group Not in My Name has called out political leaders for not being "on the ground" at a court case where a 26-year-old man has been accused of raping his neighbour's six-year-old daughter in Mamelodi.

The suspect appeared briefly in court on Thursday, where he indicated that he would not be applying for bail.

The court also heard that the accused, who cannot be named until he had plead to a charge of rape, is a Zimbabwean national and in the country illegally.

READ: 6-year-old undergoes surgery after alleged rape by neighbour

The court appearance was attended by a small group of residents, and branch members from different political parties alongside a number of NGOs including Not in my Name.

The victim was hospitalised with extensive damage to her genital area and had to undergo surgery on Monday after she was raped on Saturday.

A disgruntled Not In My Name general secretary Themba Masango, who has been in contact with the victim's family and organised counselling for the six-year-old girl and her mother has called on political leaders to account.

"We are here with a few branch members from different political organisations, a few members from the EFF branch, some people from the ANC branch and one or two members from the DA and obviously Not in my Name," Masango said.

Where is the country’s leadership?

"Our biggest question is; where is the leadership of this country?  Where are the leaders of the EFF, the leaders of the DA, the leaders of the ANC and where is the president?

"All they can do is come out and condemn and condemn, sitting in their offices that are air-conditioned while we are here in the sun trying to make sure that the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed with regards to this case."

Masango said the country's elected leaders should be on the ground, providing clear leadership and experiencing the aftermath of these crimes against children.

"It's really sickening to come here with one or two members from different organisations and having to come to court to hear that the cases are being postponed every single time while our children are dying on a daily basis."

"We are calling on them, to go down and be with us on the ground and see first-hand, instead of coming out and announcing big things and programmes that do nothing and announcing issues and having summits in nice cosy places," Masango said. 

Accused's family evicted from rented flat 

While the matter against the accused has been postponed to November 28 for further investigation, a number of residents went to the flat that the accused was said to be renting with his mother, girlfriend and their three-month-old child.

The irate group sang struggles songs outside of the house, and demanded that the family of the accused leave the area immediately.

After a prolonged argument with the landlord, the group made their way to the flat and removed the belongings of the family, effectively evicting them.

 

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