Boots on the Ground: Behind South Africa’s National Headlines

PODCAST | Raped and then raped again: an 11-year-old's horror story

19 March 2021 - 18:14 By Paige Muller, Zama Luthuli and Graeme Hosken
An 11-year-old girl, who was allegedly first raped by a cousin on Christmas Eve and then less than three months later allegedly raped by another cousin, and her family have to live with the horror of seeing one of the alleged assailants walk free after being released on bail.
An 11-year-old girl, who was allegedly first raped by a cousin on Christmas Eve and then less than three months later allegedly raped by another cousin, and her family have to live with the horror of seeing one of the alleged assailants walk free after being released on bail.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi

Somewhere in Burgersfort, Limpopo, there is an 11-year-old girl whose life will never be the same. She sits quietly on a bright red wooden bench beneath a tree, gripping her father's hand. Her parents fear she is on the verge of another epileptic fit. Since her second rape, the fits have intensified.

As her father speaks about the family's anxious wait for her HIV results, the girl watches leaves blow across the dusty front yard of their home.

She is seated just a stone’s throw away from the outdoor toilet that served as the scene of her first assault.  

In today’s episode of Boots on the Ground: Behind South Africa’s National Headlines, we are going to interrogate sexual assault and the scourge of gender-based violence in SA.    

Listen to her story here:

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