A FATHER was bust allegedly digging a grave on Saturday to bury his newborn baby. Making matters worse, the 44-year-old has been accused of getting his 11-year-old daughter pregnant!
Cops acted quickly and bust the man after being tipped off by Nseleni residents in Empangeni, northern KZN.
The suspect appeared in court on Monday and is due to apply for bail next week.
When the cops arrived at his house he allegedly was trying to bury the baby his daughter had given birth to that day.
The infant apparently died soon after birth.
Cops said it was believed the dad had been raping his daughter for the past three years. People said they became suspicious when they saw she was pregnant.
A source told reporters: “She lives with her father. We were shocked when we realised she was pregnant. Villagers wanted to find out who had made her pregnant but when asked she couldn’t give answers. We started suspecting the father.”
Attempts to get hold of the victim’s family were unsuccessful.
Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed police opened a case of rape against the father after receiving information that he allegedly had been raping his daughter since she was eight.
Zwane said the girl gave birth at home with the help of her father. “Her mum left when she was in grade R,” he added.
Social development spokesman Vukani Mbhele confirmed social workers took the girl to a place of safety. “We are investigating. Once social workers have sat down with the girl about the allegations, we can take necessary intervention measures.”