Defiled girl and her mum speak out
Despite criticism of her role as a parent, the girl’s mother has praised Magistrate Sijabuliso Siziba for his decision to release the man who impregnated her 13-year-old daughter.
29-year-old Precious (not her real name) became a grandmother after her daughter gave birth to a baby boy eight months ago. While many had thought the youthful granny would skin the defiler alive, the reality is a different story altogether.
In fact news of Machisoto’s acquittal became sweet music to her ears as Precious hailed the magistrate for the acquittal saying he had applied the law well.
Instead of lashing out at the defiler, Precious took a swipe at the system calling government ‘useless.’
“The government claims to be protecting the minor, but it is not putting its claim into practice.
They are just good at arresting and locking people behind bars, but do not take care of those it claims to be protecting,” she argued.
Precious, who is studying towards attaining a Trade B Certificate in Welding at a local institution,
says she is happy that her future son-in-law is out of jail.
She maintains that the government has failed her, her grandson and her daughter because when Machisoto was rotting in jail the family struggled for general necessities.
During that time she approached social workers for help but none was forthcoming.
“I am very happy that the court acquitted Machisoto.
Now he can come back and continue from where he left off when it comes to supporting his child,” said Precious, adding that Machisoto is a responsible man who takes care of his child.
Instead of arresting responsible men for impregnating young girls, Precious said government should invest its energies in educating young children about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
Precious who has long been separated from her daughter’s father did not want to discuss ‘that man,’ even though he was the one who had reported Machisoto to the police.
He discovered she was pregnant on a rare visit to his daughter last January.
For her part, Mary (not her real name) reiterated her deep love for the man who defiled her when she was doing her Standard 6.
“That is why I claimed I was 18 while I was only 13,” said the young mother. Asked if she understood anything about love, Mary just giggled and threw a glance at her mother.
Licking her finger Mary, now 15, said she is very happy that her son’s father is finally out of prison.
“I have learnt that he is in Zimbabwe. He will be back in the country in a month or so from now,” she said as she cuddled her baby.
She cannot wait to be with her future husband again since she was not able to see her lover following his release from the Francistown State Prison. He was deported to his native Zimbabwe because he had no proper travel documents.
Asked what she would do when you saw Machisoto again she replied: “I will run towards
him like a toddler running towards its father, hug and kiss him.”
With that both Mary and her mother broke out into fits of laughter.
One wonders what Magistrate Siziba and Superintendent Mothibi would have made of the scene.