Child to Bhisho centre after claims of police neglect



THE alleged rape of a two-year-old girl – and a subsequent report by the Daily Dispatch that the Komani police was intending to ‘shelve’ the case as the child was unable to tell them about the assault – continue to make headlines.

The child was today being referred to the Bhisho trauma centre as part of an ongoing investigation.

The Daily Dispatch reported (“These cases disappear into thin air,” February 27) that Komani police has shelved the investigation as the two- year- old girl was unable to tell them who assaulted her.

The child’s mother had noticed that the child, who attends a daycare centre in the town’s central business district, had swollen genitals and was bleeding on February 10.

Tests were done and a Frontier Hospital doctor confirmed that the child had been raped.

The Daily Dispatch reported that the mother took the child to the Komani family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit (FSC) where a captain, who had interrogated the child, allegedly said there was no case as the child was not responding.

The girl was supposed to have been taken to Bhisho last Monday, however, the report indicates that the police had forgotten about the appointment.

The matter has since also attracted the attention of women and children’s rights advocacy group, with Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre director Lesley Ann Foster quoted as saying the criminal justice system in the country was failing children because of a lack of knowledge of the law and its implementation, as well as the lack of forensic expertise.

Mdleleni could not provide any further details at present, but indicted that she would keep The Rep updated on any further progress.


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