First on EWN: Another victim claims Sidney Frankel molested her
Marinda Smith has recounted how she was allegedly abused during visits to Frankel’s Diagonal Street office.
JOHANNESBURG - A woman, whose mother worked for Sidney Frankel for 30 years, has come forward to join the civil action against the stockbroker claiming she was repeatedly molested by him as a child.
Marinda Smith has recounted how she was allegedly abused during visits to Frankel's Diagonal Street office in the 1970s.
She was aged between six and 12 at the time.
Several individuals have filed a civil lawsuit against the philanthropist and stockbroker c laiming they were abused when they were young children.
Frankel has denied the allegations.
The 51-year-old Smith says she used to go with her mother Rona Fourie during school holidays.
It was during these visits she claims Frankel had molested her.
"He would place me sitting on his lap with my legs in between his legs and then he would start penetrating, which was very painful."
Smith says he would give her a chocolate to buy her silence after each incident.
"I can't tell you if it was 50 times, 20 times, 30 times."
Her mother says she never suspected anything.
"I think she felt so ashamed and this is such a huge person to her."
Smith only told her mother about the alleged abuse once media reports about the civil suit surfaced this year and has now joined the legal action.
'TOO SCARED TO SPEAK'
She said she was scared to speak out because that could have resulted in her mother losing her only job.
"I was scared because my mother would lose her job. She being a single parent was raising five children."
Her mother says she feels betrayed by her former boss.
"I want to say to him, 'how can you live with yourself, how do you think God will forgive you'?
She says she believes the abuse destroyed her relationship with her daughter.
FRANKEL DENIES ALLEGATIONS
Frankel has denied allegations made by Smith.
His lawyer Billy Gundelfinger says summons were served on his client by Smith this week.
"My client emphatically denies the latest allegations and the matter will be stringently defended."
Criminal charges were laid against Frankel in August.
According to the law, a criminal charge for sexual assault must be laid within 20 years of the alleged offence being committed.