By Zintle Tsheme
The 42-year-old Eastern Cape mother who was accused of forcing her 13-year-old daughter with Down Syndrome and her boyfriend’s 16-year-old niece to have sex with two foreign nationals from Bangladesh in exchange for money was denied bail along with her two co-accused on the September 3.
It is alleged that these incidents took place between February 2019 when the children were ages 11 and 14 respectively. The mother received R400 as payment and used the money to buy drugs and alcohol for herself and her boyfriend.
The woman was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and her co-accused, Tanvir Tirru Rahman (34) and Roime Raju Mohammed (36) are charged with rape and sexual exploitation of a minor.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the three suspects failed to present exceptional circumstances for them to be released on bail and that Rahman and Mohammed are seen as flight risk while the mother, who is a South African National was seen as someone who might scare or intimidate witnesses involved in the case.