Five suspects arrested for rape and assault in Garden Route
The George Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit nabbed five suspects believed to have committed sexual offences in Garden Route.
This after femicide has become the main objective of this year’s Women’s Month activities as police, civil society organisations and government departments dedicate resources to combating the crisis in the country.
Police spokesperson Christopher Spies said the arrests made by the unit through efforts from specialist detectives attached to the FCS unit to ensure the perpetrators of sexual-related offences were brought justice. Spies added that in one of the arrests involved in sexual-related offences, Thembalethu police arrested a 28-year-old suspect for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
“It is alleged the girl disappeared from her residence last month and was found in a shack in the vicinity after she was allegedly sexually violated. Police later arrested the occupant of the residence on a charge of rape”, he said.
While in Kranshoek, police arrested a 52-year-old suspect who allegedly assaulted and raped a 26-year-old along the gravel road. Spies also said various police units in Mossel Bay embarked on a GBVF integrated awareness campaign this past weekend to influence communities about the GBVF.
By Lulama Klassen