KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, has expressed shock and disappointment at a 52-year-old man who has allegedly been sleeping with his biological child for years.
The MEC said according to a report in Ilanga LangeSonto, the man allegedly started sleeping with his daughter when she was only 12 years old after she visited him in town to get money to buy groceries.
Khoza said it is believed that the girl’s mother died and she stayed with her sibling, father and stepmother. It is believed that the girl, now aged 21, is pregnant and claims that the father is a local man.
However, she refused to end the relationship with her biological father.
Khoza said she is 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 has sent a team of social workers to investigate the matter, with a view to provide counselling to 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 since he started to sleep with his daughter while still a minor,” said Khoza.
She commended members of the community for reporting the matter to the media. She added that communities should stand together to isolate those involved in child abuse, rape and gender-based violence.
“We want to appeal to SAPS to conduct a thorough investigation and put forward a strong case for prosecution against the man. As a society, we need to send a strong message to perpetrators of such crimes that we have zero tolerance for their disgusting behaviours,” she added.
Khoza appealed to all sectors of society to join forces with the department to build solid foundations for families, build morals and fight all social ills.