Dad is identified as NKOSINATHI NKOSI. For the third time today, let's run through our standard questions. Why did this little girl live with her brutal father and the step? Was her mother deceased? If so, do we know for a fact that her death was from natural causes? Did the mother "disappear"? Or did the father gain custody through the courts? If so, who gave it to him and why? These are questions that should ALWAYS be asked when a violent father has managed to gain "control" over a child. Because it is extremely likely that he has a history of violence towards the child's mother as well.
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Mar 1 2012 9:24AM
Durban couple arrested for child assault
A Durban couple appeared in the Durban magistrate’s court on Wednesday for continuously assaulting a six-year-old girl, after she was found with scars all over her body and face.
Nkosinathi Nkosi, 28, and his partner Prudence Mahlaba, 27, were charged with assault with intention to do grievous bodily harm.
The child was living in the Durban’s Point area with her father, Nkosi, and his partner (Mahlaba), who is her stepmother.
The couple was arrested by members of the Durban Central Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in Umlazi, when they went to visit the child at the hospital on Monday.
Police spokesperson Col Vincent Mdunge said the girl would be kept at a secret location while social workers were dealing with her case.
“The victim reportedly has a history of abuse by her father and step-mother.
“The couple was arrested in the hospital ward during their visit to see the child. They were charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH),” he said.
Mdunge said when the girl was interviewed by members of the unit she had testified that she was assaulted by her father and her step-mother, who used her long nails to scratch the girl.
He added that a separate case of an alleged sexual assault on the girl is being investigated.
This pertains to an incident that allegedly took place at the girl’s school last month.