By Nyeleti Ngobeni
A 65-year old pensioner was arrested on 30 July 2020 at Mokgwathi village under Mokwakwaila policing area in the Mopani District for allegedly raping his granddaughter. It is believed that neighbours’ informed the police of the rape ordeal of a 14-year old, who has been sexually abused by her grandfather for over two years.
The young girl was reportedly raped by her grandfather several times since she was 12 years old dating back to 2018. The rape incidents took place when the victim’s grandmother was not home and it is said that the grandfather would usually bribe the victim with money after violating the child. The suspect went as far as attempting to sell his granddaughter to his friends so that they can also sexually abuse her.
The frightened 14-year old managed to escape and ran to a neighbours’ house for help. She told her neighbours about her ordeal and they immediately called the police, who responded swiftly to open an investigation which led to the arrest of the suspect. Limpopo SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has thanked the community of Mokwakwaila, especially the neighbour who helped the victim in her time of need.
The child was immediately taken to the Victim Empowerment Centre and the relevant stakeholders have since been engaged. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the abuse of children and the seemingly immoral tendencies of older men taking advantage of the most vulnerable members of the society. The swift reaction by police members who received the report is commendable,” said Ledwaba.
The suspect will appear before the Bolobedu Magistrate Court on Monday, 03 August 2020 on a charge of rape. Police investigation are still ongoing.