AN Inkatha Freedom Party councillor has been accused of statutory rap_e after he impre_gnated a 14-year-old girl.
The girl, who is now 15, is from Ntshwawini Village near Stanger, northern KZN.
The councillor allegedly rap_ed her several times and would give her R100 or more.
It’s understood that this happened when the girl played with the councillor’s children.
It’s alleged he would call her into his bedroom and rap_e her.
When the girl fell preg_nant, she had to tell her family who had impreg_nated her and that’s when she exposed the councillor.
According to the girl’s gogo, the councillor promised to pay dowry to the family and build them a house in exchange so they don’t report him to the police.
However, the family still lives in a muddy house.
Speaking to 1KZNTV, the girl’s gogo said they didn’t know where to turn to for help.
Defending himself, the councillor said the victim was a “loose” child.
However, he didn’t deny sleeping with her and said they were in a relationship and she unfortunately fell preg_nant.
Asked if he was aware she is a child, he responded: “What I know is that when I slept with her, she was 16 years old.”
The councillor’s response angered KZN Social Development MEC Nonhlahla Khoza.
She said in a province with a high rate of gender-based violence and child abuse cases, such incidents couldn’t be allowed to take place.
“This man’s response to journalists shows that he saw nothing wrong with what he has done. It is disgusting that when the alleged perpetrator was questioned about his absurd acts, he further used derogatory words and discrimination against the victim.”
Khoza said no monetary value could be attached to such a vile act.
“The department will ensure that anyone involved in se_xual crimes is arrested and prosecuted.
“It is hurtful to see rap_ists take advantage of victims’ plights, promising them money and continuing to rap_e their victims. Grooming a child as a se_x slave can never be tolerated,” said Khoza.
Khoza revealed that the department had sent a team of social workers to meet the family to offer counselling and help the girl with her needs.
Daily Sun contacted the IFP’s spokesman Mkhuleko Hlengwa who told the paper the party would issue a statement regarding the matter on Tuesday, 14 December.
No arrest has been made in the matter.
– Daily Sun