Progress made in the case of a raped teenager; Action Society continues to fight for victims of violence, rape and murder

Jason Hendricks: Raped in a bush near his school
(Belville Magistrate’s Court: 26 February)

The case against the attacker accused of raping Jason Hendricks continues to drag along frustratingly slowly for the young boy’s family. Jason was raped in Belhar in the Tygerberg area in Cape Town last year. According to Jason’s statement, the accused dragged him to a bush near Perseverance High School and raped him after threatening him earlier that day. Action Society has been fighting with Hendrick’s family and the biggest hurdle thus far has been to get the accused placed at the Valkenberg psychiatric hospital. The case has been postponed to 13 March for a regional court date.

Violet: Raped by uncle
(Mitchells Plain Magistrates court: 27 February)

Action Society supported Violet*, a teenager who was raped by her uncle in 2019. The case against the accused continued in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates court again on 22 February. This case has been particularly frustrating and has been postponed at least 12 times. Once again, there was no French interpreter at the court and the case was postponed to 20 March 2024.

Langa boy: Toddler burnt with boiling water
(Parow Regional Court: 28 February)

In June last year, a toddler was playing with his friends in the Langa area when a 22-year-old woman came out of her house and threw boiling water over him. The initial charge against the woman was assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH); however, the state changed the charge to attempted murder due to the severe injuries the young child suffered. Sadly, the case against the accused was temporarily withdrawn, as the toddler (who is the only witness) is not court ready, and currently there is not sufficient other evidence against the accused to proceed with the trial.

Orchid: Teenager raped
(Mitchells Plain Magistrates court: 29 February)

Action Society is pleased with the progress made in the rape case involving a teenage girl who was raped by a teenage boy in her community. The accused appeared in the Mitchells Plain Regional court on 29 February, and the matter was postponed to 20 March for closing arguments.

Charlene Pretorius: Set alight in front of her children
(Pretoria North Magistrate’s court: 1 March)

The monster from Pretoria North, who set his wife, 42-year-old Charlene Pretorius, alight in front of their teenage daughter on 27 May last year, appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s court again on 15 February. He watched her burn before fleeing the scene while his parents and sister rushed her to hospital. The case was postponed to 11 March as the post mortem report was not yet available.

Aaliyah Chingy: Thrown in a shallow grave
(Belville Regional court: 4 March)

Aaliyah Chingy’s body was found tossed in a shallow grave with stab wounds covering her body. Just like in Siphokazi Booi’s case, the man accused of killing her, Moeneeb Hess, was her romantic partner at the time and there was a history of abuse in their relationship. It went unreported until it was too late. The case has been postponed to 13 May for a pre-trial conference.

Mietjie Ontong: Murdered in her house
(Wellington Magistrates court: 6 March)

Mietjie Ontong (63), a pillar in her community, was murdered in cold blood in her house in Hermon last year. Dozens of her friends and family stood with Action Society when her two alleged killers first appeared in court. The case has been postponed to 18 March for a regional court date.

Nosiphiwo James: Stabbed in the neck after a mass shooting
(Khayelitsha Regional court: 7 March)

Nosiphiwo, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend using a screwdriver in Khayelitsha on 8 May 2022, moments before a mass shooting broke out, killing six men. Her boyfriend had a history of violence and had assaulted her several times before. The case has been postponed to 27 March for legal aid to be present.

19 churchgoers sexually assaulted
(Khayelitsha Regional court: 7 March)

Nineteen women from Khayelitsha were sexually assaulted on Easter Sunday while preparing for the service last year. Two men entered the church and forced the women to undress and perform sexual acts whilst beating them. The case has been postponed to 14 March for further consultation.

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