The Provincial Commissioner of South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has raised concerns regarding several incidents where young girls are allegedly raped by their fathers.
In an incident that occurred at Kabokweni on 22 June 2020, a one-year and eight-months-old toddler was allegedly raped by her 35-year-old biological father. The matter was immediately reported to the police, who swiftly arrested the man. He is expected to appear at the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, 24 June 2020, on a charge of rape. At this stage, the matter is still under intense investigation and not much can be divulged.
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her 36-year-old stepfather on the evening of 22 June 2020, at Schoemansdal. Reports indicate that the girl complained that she was not feeling well and she was taken to a local clinic whereupon medical examination, it was confirmed that she had been raped. The matter was reported to the police and a case of rape was opened. Police started with the investigation where they swiftly arrested the suspect on the same day the matter was reported. He is expected to appear at the Tonga Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 24 June 2020 facing charges of rape.
In another incident, which occurred at Bushbuckridge between March and June 2020, a 13-year-old girl became a victim of statutory rape involving a 35-year-old man she was apparently in a relationship with. Information revealed that the girl’s mother tried several times to fetch her daughter from the man’s house but she’d always go back.
The matter was reported to the police following the mother’s several attempts to get her daughter back. A case of Statutory Rape was opened and preliminary investigations have since revealed that the man had been living with the girl at Health Centre Trust near Bushbuckridge since March 2020. The suspect was arrested on 23 June 2020, and is expected to appear at the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 24 June 2020.
Lieutenant General Zuma has expressed his disappointment, as these men were supposed to play a father-figure role to the young girls but instead took advantage and violated them.
“Everyone is encouraged to take a stand against the plight of children, hence we will do everything in our power to make sure that all these suspects face the full might of the law. We urge the investigation team, the Prosecution team as well as the Judiciary to ensure that justice is served in these cases involving the young girls whose future has been crushed by these suspects,” said General Zuma.
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