Warning: this article contains reports of sexual abuse against minors and is not for sensitive readers.
A crèche near Cape Town is allegedly involved in paedophilia that has spanned decades. Marius Pistorius, identified in a report by News24’s Deon Wiggett and Tammy Petersen, is accused of abducting and raping children between the ages of two to thirteen. The most recent allegation dates back to 2018, but similar accusations arose in 2011.
Podcast, My Only Story, assisted in this investigation. “Two years ago, we hunted down a serial paedophile. This time around, we’re thinking bigger. In My Only Story Season 2: Back to School, we hunt down the predators hiding in your child’s classroom,” it says on its website.
Babbel & Krabbel play school is located in Melkbosstrand and is run by Annett Pistorius (63). She is the wife of Marius Pistorius (69) who would allegedly arrive at the school during nap time and take a boy or girl to their house, located close to the school, and then abuse them.
The details about the incidents were unearthed in a three-month long investigation which included affidavits, forensic reports and medical evaluations presented by the parents of the victims.
In their investigation, News24 identified at least seven alleged victims. Marius’ first alleged victim was a 13-year-old, whom he is accused of raping in 1983.
The allegations of paedophilia against Babble & Krabbel have been public in the community of Melkbosstrand since 2011 and there have seven dockets with allegations of sexual assaults and rape against Marius registered at the police. None were prosecuted.
Annet and Marius both deny the accusations and have released a public response.
If you or somebody you know needs assistance in reporting abuse or needs related help, contact Childline on 116 (toll free).
Picture: Marius and Annet Pistorius / Facebook