A 68-year-old man was arrested on 28 November 2018, by the South African Police Service in Maake outside Tzaneen for raping a 6-year-old girl in a village near Lenyenye.
The alleged rape took place on 20 November 2018 around 16:00, where the suspect who is the victim’s neighbour, lured her to his house and raped her. He then offered her a packet of chips in exchange for her silence.
The parents of the child after noticing the changes in the behaviour of the victim, they questioned her and she divulged the whole ordeal.
The police were immediately notified, a case of rape was opened and the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit started with their initial investigations until the suspect was arrested at his home.
The suspect will appear before the Lenyenye Magistrate Court today, 29 November 2018, to face a charge of rape.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has send a stern warning to all the perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes against women and children that their days are numbered unless they stop their heinous acts.
Members of the community must come on board and support the Police in their endeavour to deal with all categories of gender based violence. Those who are still perpetrating this barbaric tendencies, will be dealt with mercilessly and without compromise, concluded General Ledwaba.
The Police investigations are still continuing.