A 49-year-old man was released on bail because the detective investigating the case did not show up at court. Western Cape Community Safety MEC said he would instruct the Court Watching Brief Unit to get to the bottom of the matter.


The man appeared before the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court after he was charged with sexual assault for exposing his genitals to a group of underage girls – aged between nine and 16 – including his daughter.

The man was released on bail by the Magistrate’s Court after the detective attached to the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) failed to show up for the court appearance.

Fritz said that he would ask the Court Watching Brief to follow up on the matter to find out why the detective did not arrive at court.

“[W]e need to ensure hat SAPS officers are doing the best work that they possibly can in this fight,” said Fritz. “I am shocked at reports that the detective didn’t show up at court in the sexual assault case in Mitchells Plain. That is unacceptable, and we are going to get to the bottom of that. Our citizens are depending on us and we cannot let them down.”


The Community Safety MEC also instructed the Court Watching Brief to follow the tragic murder case of four-year-old Scarlett Cottle closely. Last week, two suspects were arrested for her murder – she was struck by a stray bullet while reading at home in Ottery, Cape Town.

Another child, Sinawo Mani, a Grade 4 learner from Silverstream Primary in Manenberg was killed over the weekend. The Court Watching Brief will be following his case as well.

“I read that his aunty said he was on his way to the shop to buy chicken feet when he was caught in the crossfire. What we therefore have is a situation in which our women and children can’t do the normal things of life, like go to the shop. We can not accept this. We are not going to back down from this fight,” said Fritz.

In another matter, Phumeza Madze was tragically killed in front of her three-year-old daughter in Manenberg, Cape Town, on Monday, 4 October. She was reportedly assaulted and stabbed to death by her alleged partner.

Fritz said he would ask the social development department to ensure that the child receives counselling and called on the police to do everything in their power to catch the suspect.

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