PORT ELIZABETH – The trial involving a mentally disabled 13-year-old girl who was allegedly trafficked and forced into a marriage with an elderly man, was postponed in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday.
The trial was meant to get underway but the court heard on Monday that there was a possibility that proceedings may be shortened.
The uncle of the little girl along with two other persons are facing charges which include human trafficking in persons and concluding a forced marriage for the purposes of exploitation. The girl’s so-called 61-year-old “husband” faces two additional charges of rape.
The trio have not yet pleaded to the charges against them.
According to the indictment, it was alleged that the girl, who cannot be named, was forced to marry the elderly man who was known to her uncle. The uncle is also not being named to protect the identity of the girl.
Following the death of the girl’s mother when she was just nine years old, she went to to live with her uncle in KwaDukuza, Kwa-Zulu-Natal, in 2012.
During December 2014, the girl accompanied the daughter of one of the accused, a 63-year-old woman, to visit her mother.
From there, in January 2015, the girl went to live with the 63-year-old woman’s daughter in Bizana in rural Eastern Cape, where she attended school.
According to the indictment, the following year, the 61- year-old man from Greenbushes in Port