Mozambican kidnapped in Johannesburg
Photo: O País
A medical examination of the 14 year old girl who claims that she was sexually assaulted last Sunday by a soldier in the northern Mozambican city of Nampula has shown that there was indeed a violent sexual contact.
According to a report on the independent television station STV, the examination by Dr Dino Soares, of the Nampula Provincial Hospital, said there was no indication of vaginal tearing, but there were signs of violent anal sex. In other words, the girl had been anally raped.
She tested negative for HIV, but, as a precaution, she was given prophylaxis for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The doctor recommended that the girl see a psychologist.
The incident began on Sunday afternoon when a pregnant woman and her 14 year old daughter were collecting firewood near a barracks in the Mutava Rex neighbourhood. On the way home they were stopped by soldiers, who forced them to stop collecting wood on the grounds that the area is restricted. On the way home, according to the victim, one of the soldiers raped her.
When she told her father, he went to the barracks where he had an angry argument with the soldier believed to have raped his daughter. The following day four soldiers, armed with AK-47 assault rifles, left the barracks and went looking for the father.
An angry group of local residents confronted the soldiers, who then fled back towards the barracks. But one of them turned round and opened fire on the crowd, killing a 20 year old youth and injuring a ten year old child.
Nampula prosecutors are now following the case, and criminal proceedings have been opened. Nazimo Mussa, the Nampula chief attorney, told the police that they should take statements from the girl and her family, and this now seems to have been done.
Mussa guaranteed that his office will undertake a thorough investigation to bring to justice the soldiers involved in this case of murder and rape.
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