We will be protesting at the sentencing of the parents of the late baby Michael on the 27th Jan at the Johannesburg Regional Court. Michael’s parents Bradley Connor and Malinda Marshall, both now 26, will return to the dock where each will face double charges of attempted murder, alternatively assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, alternatively a new charge under the Child Care Act – causing Michael to sustain bruises to the body and/ or severe brain injury and/or retinal haemorrhages. Michael, passed away in Oct 2011. WMACA is encouraging members of the public to participate in our protest for an appropriate sentence this coming Friday.
Archive for January, 2012
Apologies to all our WMACA supporters for this delayed entry on to our blog site! Our year has started as busy as ever.
The 1st of March 2012, was confirmed at the Pretoria North Magistrate Court for the commencement of the trial of nine members of a Pretoria family, who face more than 100 charges of child rape and sexual abuse related to child pornography against their own and foster children.
Members of Women And Men Against Child Abuse protesting at the Pretoria North Magistrate Court on the 16 Jan were falsely accused by one of the Defence Attorneys of ‘poking, pinching and pushing his client’. He asked the Magistrate to intervene and said that he would advise his client to seek an interdict against WMACA. ‘The Magistrate said it was not a matter for this court and advised him that there was a separate procedure to follow. We just picketed, and did not make any physical contact with the accused. We are totally against any form of violence. Our intention is to seek justice for the child victims and not let these alleged perpetrators get away with the heinous crimes committed against their own and their foster children.
WMACA welcomes the confirmation of the trial commencement date and will be present at the court on the 1st March. WMACA urges the National Prosecuting Authority and the Department of Justice to ensure that no further delays or postponements are tolerated in the court proceedings of this case ( one of the Defence Attorneys was not present on the 16 Jan) and that the best interest of each of the child victims is prioritised throughout the forthcoming trial.
It’s a sad day when people come out in support of a man accused of raping young children.
By refusing to comment on the accusations of rape as recounted by several of Bob Hewitt’s victims as reported in the press over this last weekend, the SA Tennis Association has turned its back on victims who were entrusted into Hewitt’s care by parents and the tennis authorities at that time.
‘It’s sad when people come out in support of a man accused of raping young children’ says Germaine Vogel, Women And Men Against Child Abuse Advocacy Manager.
“It’s shocking to hear how many people and players in the professional tennis circle were aware of complaints by underage girls and their parents about Hewitt’s alleged abuse but failed to take action to protect young children from further abuse’ continues Germaine
Today, under our new amended Acts, it is an offence to fail to report any knowledge or suspicion of crimes against children and vulnerable groups.