A mother (52) and son (30) were arrested by SAPS in Mpumalanga for allegedly assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
It is reported by SAPS that the duo, identified as Beauty Mercy Nkosi (52) and Siphosethu Sean Nkuna (30), assaulted the girl on Saturday, 6 March 2021.
Photos of the young victim’s bruised face have been circulated on social media.
“Siphosethu, a local male nurse, claimed that he was disrespected by the girl hence the assault, while, Nkosi is said to have pinned the girl down during the incident. Nkuna claimed he was teaching her a lesson for being disrespectful, but according to the law, this amounts to assault, as no one has the right to inflict physical pain on a child,” said police spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
The 12-year-old victim managed to report the matter to police the following Monday after she came across a police patrol vehicle.
The girl was then transported to a local hospital for medical assistance and soon after a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was opened on her behalf.
According to the SAPS statement, the suspects have already appeared in the Chief Albert Luthuli Magistrate’s Court and were granted bail.
They duo are expected to appear in court again on the 15 April 2021.