Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
12 Aug 2020
7:24 pm

Teenage rape victim failed by family and government

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

She has suffered repeated sexual assaults and is forced to live with the perpetrator, but this is unfortunately not an isolated incident. Another mother has been exposed for accepting a case of beer to drop charges against her daughter's rapist.

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Raped repeatedly, her life threatened, labelled a liar, and forced to live in the same house as those responsible. This has been the plight of a teenage girl from Bethal, Mpumalanga, and paints a sad picture of a system which routinely fails to protect children, even when they are brave enough to come forward about rape and abuse. At 14 years old, she was raped by a stranger in Kriel, she says. Nomalanga’s* ordeal was far from over, because when she returned home to report the incident, her family simply did not believe her. A year later, her older brother...