It says the Prince, aged 60, has admitted he is the father of a four-year-old child to a woman who is now only aged 18. That means she must have been 13 or 14 when he had sex with her.
The SDC says that means at the time Prince Logcogco had sex with her she was ‘a minor’ (that is under 16 – the age of consent).
In a statement the SDC says, ‘the girl in question is said to be currently in her teens and the child at the centre of the custody battle between the chief and the teenager is currently four years of age.
‘The SDC wonders if at the time of the casual sex encounter the girl was not a minor who was in no position to legally consent to sex with a man old enough to be her grandfather in which case the chief committed statutory rape.’
The mother of the child also alleged in a newspaper interview that Prince Logcogco had abused the four-year-old child.
The SDC now calls on the Royal Swaziland Police and the media in the kingdom ‘to thoroughly investigate both the alleged sexual abuse (child) claims and the statutory rape (teenage mother) so that it is established if a crime or crimes were committed and those responsible are brought to book’.