Johannesburg – A Soweto mother has been convicted of helping and protecting a man who raped her two-month-old baby and for lying to police and doctors to conceal the incident.
Medical examinations concluded that the infant experienced similar injuries as those suffered by women who are victims of female genital mutilation.
The mother stunned the high court in Joburg on Tuesday minutes before the judgment was handed down as she started sniffing and crying from the dock as Judge Carla van Veenendaal went through her ruling, describing the events around the incident and the role the mother played to protect her child’s rapist.
The woman became highly emotional and hysterical when she was asked to stand up to hear her fate. She just shook her head when the court interpreter asked her if she understood her conviction.
The Meadowlands woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her child,