A 52-year-old, who is accused of sexually grooming and raping his daughter for nine years, was arrested on Tuesday at his workplace by police in Bulwer, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
This came after a case of rape was opened against him by his 21-year-old daughter who he had allegedly been having a sexual relationship for nine years.
KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, commended the police on the arrest.
Khoza also dispatched a team of social workers to KwaMakhongwane area, in Bulwer to meet with the victim and her family. The social workers spent hours speaking with the 21-year-old woman and she detailed how her father allegedly groomed her as his sexual slave.
After her engagement with the social workers, the woman is said to have resolved to go to the police station to open a case of rape against her father. She has since been removed from her home and placed at a safe shelter where she is getting psycho-social support.
Khoza praised the team, social workers and police, for their efforts to help the woman.
“We are very pleased by the dedication shown by the social workers and police who attended this matter with speed.
“Equally, we want to applaud members of the community, who finally spoke out about this inhumane act of this heartless man. We call on the police to ensure that they collect all evidence to ensure that the perpetrator is successfully prosecuted,” said Khoza.
She said the man proved to be heartless and dangerous to society as there might be other children who suffered such abuse.
“No child is safe if a person is able to sleep with his daughter and act as if it is normal.
“The call to fight social ills, sexual abuse, rape and gender-based violence requires us to be dedicated in exposing those involved in such crimes,” said Khoza.
She said South Africa was faced by a prevalence of cases of children being raped by their fathers, stepfathers and uncles and every member of society had to play their role in exposing such cruelty.
“As this government we will not fold our arms while children suffer abuse on daily bases even in the hands of people who are supposed to protect them. We will follow this case to end as we want the court to set an example about this man.
“No bail should be given to such people as they don’t deserve to stay in our communities. How a person rapes a child for nine years and pretend as if all its normal?”