9 Feb 2018, Hoedspruit: A 42-year-old man has been arrested by the police in Hoedspruit yesterday (Thursday) for allegedly raping a nine-year old neighbour at The Oaks village.
The mother of the child allegedly left the daughter alone when she went to church on 3 February 2018. When she came home the child complained of pains in her private parts. The mother allegedly helped the child bath and slept but the little girl complained about the same pains on the following day.
One community member then alerted the mother of a man who was raping her daughter in her absence. The mother then confronted her daughter and established that the suspect had been raping the girl for quite some time. A case was opened leading to the subsequent arrest of the suspect.
The Cluster Commander of Giyani, Major General Mbazima Ngoveni condemns this incident in the strongest possible terms, saying children deserve to be protected by all.
He concluded by commending members of the Family Violence, and Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit for the sterling investigations that led to the apprehension of the culprit.
The suspect will appear before the Hoedspruit Periodical Court on Monday on a charge of rape.