Rape survivors denied chance to testify

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry says time and financial constraints are behind the decision.

FILE: The Khayelitsha commission has refused two young rape survivors the chance to testify in camera. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A lack of cash and time is why the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry on Thursday refused two young rape survivors the opportunity to testify in camera.

The Legal Resource Centre filed an application on behalf of the two minors, saying their identities should be protected.

The inquiry was established to investigate allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

The Legal Resource Centre says both girls were repeatedly abducted and raped in the Cape Town township.

The victims have also apparently expressed little faith in police, fearing the suspects may be released back in the community.

The hearing, which has been tasked with investigating the fragile relationship between the community and police, acknowledged written statements made by the girls.

The statements will form part of the evidence.