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Couple charged over rape, abuse of foster daughter apply for bail

By Sandiso Phaliso Time of article published Oct 11, 2017

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A Khayelitsha mother and her husband, who has been charged with sodomising, raping and sexually abusing his now 16-year-old foster daughter between 2007 and 2013, will remain in Pollsmoor Prison before his next bail hearing.

The parents of two daughters, as well as their foster child, who is the victim, have applied for bail at Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court citing chronic medical conditions.

The father, whose name cannot be revealed to protect the identity of the teenage girl as she is a rape survivor, told magistrate Vernon Jantjies he was not getting medical attention at Pollsmoor.

Prosecutor Manelisi Macaba alleged that the father sexually assaulted the child “multiple times”, until the child’s school teachers intervened and told social workers.

As part of a school assignment detailing the worst day of her life, she wrote down every detail of what her foster father was allegedly doing to her. She also kept a diary listing the alleged rapes, according to investigating officer Themba Tobi.

Tobi told Jantjies the mother, arrested on September 27, two months after her husband, was charged with defeating the ends of justice after she “kept the incidents (rapes) to herself”.

Tobi asked Jantjies to deny the parents bail, saying the mother was a flight risk.

He told the magistrate he was against bail for the mother because she previously made contact with the complainant by buying her airtime in an attempt to “build a relationship”.

Jantjies postponed the case until Monday.

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