Daughter watches as mom dies at the hands of abuser

Domestic abuse remains unheard as victims are kept silent by an uncaring justice system, writes Shain Germaner
LUCILLE Schaper still lives in the room where she watched her mother burn after being set alight. A few marks created by the flames can still be seen on the wall, but the new paint job and rearrangement of the room’s few sticks of furniture has masked most of the damage. Schaper and her sister, Cecilia, had been living in the Newlands home for almost a decade with Cecilia’s husband, Roeland Bosman, their five children and invalid mother, Brenda Hedges. But it was never a happy time. Schaper recalls the time when Bosman beat Cecilia with a metal pipe, the time he put a gun in her face, and the numerous times he threatened “to burn the house down with everyone in it”.

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JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 34

JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 34

In this issue we profile the legal services provided to the residents of Orange Farm, with the assistance of a champion who is dedicated to increasing access to justice, Bricks Mokolo of the Orange Farm Advice Centre. We also profile 2 of our new and exciting projects: the recently launched One-Child-a-Year campaign and the Annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony to be held in October 2014. Our upcoming legal education workshops are also listed.
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Erica Emdon, Interviewed by Radio Capricorn on One Child a Year Campaign in July 2014

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When helping a child becomes priceless

NGO ProBono.org’s One Child A Year campaign calls on lawyers to take on at least one case involving a child per year without costs. Shain Germaner reports.

Johannesburg – It could have been prevented. Doctors said Colin* will never have a normal bowel movement again.

At just 4-years-old, he was raped – allegedly by his own uncle – to the point of internal disfigurement. But Colin isn’t the only rape survivor in his East Rand family.

His two sisters, aged 5 and 7, were also raped two years ago, supposedly by the same person.

Police took months to take a statement from the family after the first incident, and the perpetrator was never arrested because a criminal case was never properly lodged.

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Patrick @Bracher1 (@NLegal_ZA) & Adv Michelle le Roux on ‘The Role of a judge’s faith in adjudication.

Patrick’s expert guest was Advocate Michelle le Roux on ‘The Role of a judge’s faith in adjudication.

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