The girl’s mother, who may not be named, was alone in the dock, facing two charges of conspiracy to commit sexual offences, and four of involving the alleged exploitation of a child for sexual purposes.
According to the charge sheet, the mother left her child, aged three at the time, in the care of a foster mother, because the mother herself did not know how to raise a girl.
When the girl was 12, the mother removed the child from the foster mother, in order to register the child for a South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) grant.
Instead of allowing the child to continue with her schooling, the mother kept her at home on the pretence that she was ill. The mother would then invite Francis to her home, where he allegedly raped the child in the presence of her mother, before taking the mother shopping for groceries.