Friday, August 02, 2019

Man arrested after four young girls open cases of rape, sexual assault

A 26-year-old man was arrested in Port Elizabeth after two rape cases, an attempted rape and a sexual assault case was opened in Kwazakele, Eastern on Thursday. According to IOL, Spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge said the arrest comes after an 11 year-old girl. The girl subsequently told her doctor that she had been raped and through a hospital social worker the police were notified and a rape case was opened. He said the girl had revealed the man's name as well as another girl's name who was also allegedly raped. By Wednesday evening and through speedy investigation, three more girls opened cases against the man.
A nine-year old girl opened a rape case, another nine-year-old girl opened a sexual assault case, while a 12 year-old girl opened an attempted rape case. All four girls stayed in the same street in Thambo Village, Kwazakele and frequently played together. The 26-year-old suspect stays in the same street and it is alleged that he enticed and lured girls to his house with promises to buy them chips and sweets on several occasions between 2017 and 2019.IOL also report that Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie applauded the swift investigation into opening the cases and arresting the man by the police, but added "The children in this community seems to have fallen prey to a serial rapist. Four young girls came forward yesterday, but there might even be more. He then urged parents in this area to come forward where more child victims are identified. We also need parents to see the serious need of better adult supervision when children are allowed to play outside in the streets.
The man is being held in custody and is expected to appear before the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Edited by Intern:
Mandlenkosi Mde

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