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- A girl has allegedly been sexually assaulted by a cleaner whereas keeping apart in a quarantine facility in Mossel Bay.
- The Western Cape Transport and Public Works Department confirmed the incident, asserting the alleged perpetrator would now not be allowed lend a hand although he was once chanced on harmless.
- A security guard at the flexibility mentioned patients wished to be protected.
A girl has allegedly been sexually assaulted whereas keeping apart in a Covid-19 quarantine facility in Mossel Bay, Western Cape on Friday, the province’s transport and public works department confirmed.
Talking to Facts24, the department’s head of communication, Jandré Bakker, mentioned the alleged perpetrator was once a cleaner at the flexibility.
He mentioned the victim had since been removed from the quarantine effect and introduced to a effect of security the effect she was once receiving toughen.
The suspect had also been removed from the effect and charged by the South African Police Carrier (SAPS), Bakker mentioned.
He added that the incident was once upsetting for the department, as they had appointed a facilities administration firm which employed security and cleaning providers for the quarantine effect.
“They’ve got very strict guidelines to roar that none of the workers disappear into any [of the rooms] or has any contact with any of the patients in the rooms, now not even when they orderly.
“When cleaning happens, the patients exit of the rooms, they come by taken away and the rooms come by deep cleaned [and] come by sanitised before they disappear lend a hand, so there may maybe be no such thing as a contact.
“This is why that is this form of uncommon inform for us because they had been never speculated to have contact,” Bakker mentioned.
He mentioned that although the alleged perpetrator was once deemed harmless, he would now not be allowed lend a hand onto the effect.
He added: “Although the investigation reveals that it was once now not a sexual assault, it was once a consensual topic, the person peaceable transgressed the rule of thumb which says no contact with patients, and we survey that in an extremely severe gentle.”
The guidelines, he mentioned, had been there to guard patients and workers from every a security and successfully being level of view.
He added that there had been strict security measures at the quarantine effect, asserting this topic was once an isolated case.
Requested if the department conducted background tests on these it appointed, Bakker mentioned yet any other firm had been appointed to fabricate this job on their behalf.
“Your entire tests [indicated] that this person would now not have any prior convictions – he is a big title worker which is also why it takes us by shock.
“Clearly we will now not be going to have the person tried and chanced on guilty by social media or regardless of, on the quite rather a lot of hand, we peaceable clutch that although there was once now not sexual contact it is peaceable unacceptable,” he mentioned.
A security guard who labored at the flexibility and wished to stay nameless, came forward to expose the incident, asserting the girl was once raped.
He mentioned security at the flexibility was once tight, with guards patrolling the effect as successfully as the entrances and exits of the flexibility.
“It’s now not excessive security, on the quite rather a lot of hand it is a real effect. No person can disappear interior and out with out being detected,” he mentioned, adding that security guards failed to have entry to particular areas whereas the alleged perpetrator, as a cleaner, did.
He added, on the quite rather a lot of hand, that the patients may maybe maybe well peaceable be protected in opposition to cases take care of this because “there are males, ladies and youngsters – the final patients – once in a while on-effect, walking spherical”.
“We all know about so many cases [in South Africa]… action must be taken in opposition to abusers of ladies and youngsters,” he mentioned.
He outlined that cases of abuse in opposition to ladies and youngsters had been exposed every day, yet nothing regarded as if it can well presumably happen to the perpetrators and expressed field that this would be a the same case.
Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Christopher Spies mentioned the Mossel Bay Family Violence, Little one Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) was once investigating the topic, which took effect on Friday afternoon.
“It’s alleged that the 20-year-aged victim was once in her room when the suspect entered and sexually violated her. This topic was once later reported to medical personnel at the flexibility who alerted the police.
“Investigation led to the arrest of a 27-year-aged suspect later. The suspect is peaceable in custody and may maybe maybe well peaceable appear in the Mossel Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 14 September 2020. He is facing a price of rape,” Spies mentioned.
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