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By Edmore Huni

A WOMAN from Bulawayo allegedly gave her brother permission to rape her 12-year-old daughter after he promised her US$1 to buy relish.A court heard how the livid woman threatened to starve her daughter for not collecting the money from her uncle after he se_xually violated her in a toilet.

The woman, whose age was not given and the uncle (41), cannot be identified to protect the identity of the minor.The victim’s father is said to have died years ago.The man yesterday pleaded not guilty to rap_e before Western Commonage magistrate Ms Sibongile Marondedze.The woman allegedly told her brother he could go to her home and have his way with his niece while she went to a bar to drink beer.

Ms Gubede said the complainant’s mother habitually emotionally and physically abused her daughter.She said the matter came to light when the complainant approached a female Childline worker who was at an enumeration programme with the Department of Social Welfare and told her about her ordeal.The matter was reported to the police leading to the man’s arrest.