NOT GUILTY!!! Pleads a man who has been tried by his community

Posted: 01/10/2015 in Current Affairs
THWARTED: BUSINESSMAN Mandla Mthethwa of Orange farm says he was harassed by his community after he was acquitted of raping a 12 year old girl.

THWARTED: BUSINESSMAN Mandla Mthethwa of Orange farm says he was harassed by his community after he was acquitted of raping a 12 year old girl.

Two families of extension 6 in Orange Farm locked horns in the midst of workshop in Multi-purpose Centre in Orange Farm.

This comes after South African Pris¬oners Organisation for Human Rights (SAPOHR) brought a community Implementation Advocacy workshop with the main focus on public violence and statutory rape.

The workshop skilled the residents of their human rights as South African Citizens.

Orange Farm businessman, Mandla Mthethwa who was accused and ar¬rested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl, got an opportunity to enlight¬en his side of the story.

Mthethwa said he was saddened when police came and arrested him for a wrongdoing he did not do.

“I am still traumatized. Such accusa¬tion affected me and my family poorly.

As I was accused of rape, I want the truth to come out.

I want police to carry on with the investigation so that they can establish what had transpired.
I did not sleep or rape her, she is very young. All the time I treat her like my own child.” said emotional Mthet¬hwa.

While he was on bail, police came and told him that the results came back negative, meaning he didn’t sleep or rape the girl.

It is believed during his arrest, the girl whose name is known to this scribe was eighteen weeks pregnant.

The name of the girl will not be published to protect her identity.

After he was acquitted and cleared by the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the National Prosecuting Authority(NPA), he was victim¬ized and harassed by his commu¬nity.

The residents continued to threat¬en him and his family that they will harm and even burn his property as they feel he has bought the case.

He added: “If they think I bought (case), they must go and open a case again. I never bought a case.”

SAPOHR Project Manager, No¬monde Foli, said rape is a serious case and she ensured residents that her institution is going to work with the police to establish the truth.

Foli said they are trying to restore unity as rape is not a sweet act.

She added by saying rape is a priority crime especially for a child.

There are three priority crimes in South Africa, namely, murder, rape and hijacking. “All these crimes are in the hands of special unity” she explained.

SAPOHR drive a pilot proj¬ect of training parolees and ex-offenders as future mentors and motivational speakers.

They do implementation of com¬munity based projects on differ¬ent topics such as anti-bullying, anti-gangsterism, anti-drugs, an¬ti-alcohol, anti-substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, sexual absti-nence, school drop-out, suicide, just to name but few.

Sizwe Nxumalo of Lifeline SA, encouraged residents to work close with Community Police Forum in their area.

Nxumalo said it is not precise when families are pointing finger at each other.

Mohlolo Kgopane, SAPOHR coordinator, said people must learn to attend public meetings.
Kgopane said people must learn to visit police station just to seek information. She added by saying rape is a priority crime especially for a child.

There are three priority crimes in South Africa, namely, murder, rape and hijacking. “All these crimes are in the hands of special unity” she explained.

SAPOHR drive a pilot proj¬ect of training parolees and ex-offenders as future mentors and motivational speakers.

They do implementation of com¬munity based projects on differ¬ent topics such as anti-bullying, anti-gangsterism, anti-drugs, an¬ti-alcohol, anti-substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, sexual absti-nence, school drop-out, suicide, just to name but few.

Sizwe Nxumalo of Lifeline SA, encouraged residents to work close with Community Police Forum in their area.

Nxumalo said it is not precise when families are pointing finger at each other.

Mohlolo Kgopane, SAPOHR coordinator, said people must learn to attend public meetings.

Kgopane said people must learn to visit police station just to seek information.

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