67-Year-Old And 71-Year-Old Neighbours Arrested For Raping A 12-Year-Old Girl

67-Year-Old And 71-Year-Old Neighbours Arrested For Raping A 12-Year-Old Girl

On Friday, two men, aged 68 and 71, appeared in the Bolobedu magistrate’s court alleged to have raped a 12-year-old girl.

According to Limpopo police, the incident occurred in Ga-Matipane village. Brig Motlafela Mojapelo stated that the pair allegedly raped the child on two different occasions.

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“The two suspects, who are reportedly friends and the victim’s neighbours, were arrested on Wednesday, August 24, by the family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit after the victim’s mother opened the cases at Mokwakwaila police station. The mother reportedly learnt about the incidents after the victim opened up to her school principal. The police were immediately notified and two cases of rape were opened.

“Police investigations revealed that the victim was first raped on August 15 by the 71-year-old suspect at his homestead, who thereafter gave her a R5 coin and told her not to tell anyone. The victim was raped again five days later, on the 20th, in the nearby bushes by the 68-year-old suspect. The suspect also gave her a R5 coin.”

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Limpopo police commissioner Lt-Gen Thembi Hadebe praised the officers for quickly arresting the suspects. “It is very difficult to comprehend what led these elderly men, who should be trusted, to take advantage of a vulnerable child in this manner. Gender-based violence remains a priority for the police and all efforts are being made to eradicate it in our communities.”

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