Mentally challenged girl raped

KWATIBA residents and community leaders are outraged after a 16-year-old mentally challenged girl was raped at her home in KwaTiba.

It is alleged that the suspect, who is a neighbour of the victim, started raping her from 2016 and the parents did not open a case with the police.

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said she receive an anonymous call from a member of the community reporting an incident involving the girl.

“I told the parents to send the child to the local clinic for a medical check-up.

“A medical report from the clinic confirmed that the child had been raped.

“I have received numerous complaints from women in the area who said that they have been raped by men in KwaTiba.

“We hosted awareness campaigns last year to educate the community about social ills,” she said.

Munien confirmed that the suspect started raping the victim in 2016.

“I suspect that there were family issues and the parents were unable to follow legal processes when the child was raped in 2016.

“I intervened after receiving a call from a member of the community. The incident happened on the Thursday and the case was only opened on the Monday, August 6,” Munien said.

Police spokesperson in Tongaat Captain Patrick Ngwane confirmed the incident.

“A case of rape was opened at the Tongaat Police Station for investigation.

“We can confirm that the child was raped. No arrests have been made at this stage and the suspect is still at large,” Ngwane said.

Last week, a seven-year-old child was raped and murdered in Waterloo.

It’s alleged that the suspect raped the victim at his flat in Hammonds Farm and then stabbed the child in the chest.

“Munien added: “Rape cases are prevalent in our community and children are becoming victims of this crime.

“We appeal to the SAPS to arrest the suspects.”

Community Policing Forum executive member Anthony Gumede said that the people raping children in the community must be dealt with accordingly.

He urged the courts to give harsh sentences to rapists.