Cape Town – Two elderly men who reportedly raped a 12-year-old girl and gave her R5 each are expected to appear at the Bolobedu Magistrate’s court on Friday.
According to a police statement, the suspects aged 68 and 71 were arrested after the victim reported the ordeal to the school principal.
Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects allegedly raped the girl on separate occasions.
“The two suspects, who are reportedly friends and the victim’s neighbours, were arrested on Wednesday, August 24, by the FCS 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,” said Mojapelo.
The suspects will face charges of rape and a police investigation is ongoing, added Mojapelo.
Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe expressed her dismay and commended the police for speedy arrest.
“It’s very difficult to comprehend what let 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 this scourge in our communities,” said Hadebe.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe