JOHANNESBURG- TimesLIVE is reporting that a story that grabbed headlines and shocked community members in Rosettenville where a 13 year old was reported to be abducted on her way home from school‚ raped‚ beaten and left for dead in the trunk of her attacker’s vehicle and found barely alive days later was a hoax.
The office of Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza confirmed this, when Khoza wanted to personally attend to the matter by visiting the child and her grief-stricken family.
However the department struggled to locate the family of the girl‚ or find the child in hospital or even find any trace of the incident at the police station.
Mayathula- Khoza’s spokesperson Mbangwa Xaba said, “It appears there is someone who is sick who has been making these hoax messages. While the nation is gripped with cases of femicide and the rise of violence against children and women‚ someone finds it funny to make such false claims.”
The message read which is now revealed as a hoax, it read, “It is with a painfully heavy heart that I write this. I’m appealing to all to pray for [the] 13-year-old‚ who is lying in a hospital bed in Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on life support and fighting for her life. She is displaying no brain activity and isn’t responding to medication. She needs everyone’s prayers.”
Mayathula-Khoza has been quoted as saying that a suspect was reportedly arrested in the case.
Xaba said the MEC was pleased that the case was found to be untrue‚ but the MEC was still upset by the matter.
He said, “Everybody is weak at the knees because of this hoax. Everyone is just saddened.”
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