Daughter opens child abuse case against Rodrigues
Publish date: 09 September 2019
Issue Number: 840
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa
The daughter of Joao Rodrigues‚ the apartheid era policeman accused of murdering political activist Ahmed Timol‚ says she wants her father prosecuted for abusing her. According to The Herald, Tilana Stander – who has opened a case of child abuse against Rodrigues – said she wanted her father to be prosecuted for sexually assaulting her more than 40 years ago. ‘When I was subjected to the abuse‚ we as children were not allowed to speak out. I realised that no matter how far back this happened‚ he has to be prosecuted for what he did to me‚’ Stander said. She said the abuse took place between 1972 and 1976. Stander said she had been contemplating coming out about the abuse since 2007. ‘I was‚ however‚ always afraid that nobody would believe me‚ felt ashamed and was under the impression that such cases proscribed after 20 years and that it was thus too late for me to take any legal action‚’ her statement reads. The report notes the case will be investigated by Pretoria police as Rodrigues was based at SAPS headquarters there during the time of the alleged abuse.