Girl allegedly hit by prison official

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This is the legs of Angelique Meintjies, who was allegedly assaulted by a senior corrections officer with a leather belt on the grounds of Boksburg Prison.

Johannesburg - Eben Meintjies is hoping that justice will prevail after one of his twin daughters was brutally beaten with a belt.

Last Monday, 10-year-old Angelique Meintjies was with her twin sister Jacqueline, and a friend, playing on the grounds of Boksburg Prison, where they live with their mother.

The three children were picking garden mushrooms when a senior Correctional Services officer, who was wearing his uniform, came out to reprimand them.

He took off his uniform’s leather belt and allegedly hit Angelique multiple times on her legs and thighs, leaving, dark bruises and scratches.

The other two children ran away and weren’t harmed.

Meintjies laid charges of assault against the official at Dawn Park police station in Boksburg as soon as he heard what had happened.

“This is a government employee in a managerial position… obviously too important to be arrested for assault on a 10-year-old Afrikaner girl,” said Meintjies in a Facebook post.

“Even after a case was opened the (officer) to date was not arrested and is still working and walking freely on the premises of Correctional Services where my daughters and several other kids live,” he said.

“I have never felt so hopeless in my life before as I cannot even protect my own daughter.”

The black officer’s picture has appeared online on several right-wing websites.

Ofentse Morwane, spokesman for the Gauteng Department of Correctional Services, declined to comment on the matter, stating that they were waiting for the police response.

“The matter is currently being handled by the SAPS,” he said, confirming that the officer was still employed, but declining to comment any further.

Repeated efforts to reach the police for comment throughout Tuesday were unsuccessful.

On Facebook, many people expressed rage at the assault on the 10-year-old girl and echoed Meintjies’s cry for justice.

Desiree Kathleen Deysel Kemp said: “I just cannot fathom what went through his mind that he beat a little girl like that? He must have so much hate and anger inside of him.”

Her opinion was shared by Patricia Foxcroft, who said: “Disgusted to read this! No man should hit a child or a woman, a proper man does not know his own strength.”

Some were more merciful with the opinions.

Andiswa Snobolo said: “Maybe this man doesn’t know any better? Better to not call the man names but to educate him rather.”

lerato.mbangeni@inl.co.za

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