Limpopo man nabbed for raping granddaughter (14)

Limpopo man nabbed for raping granddaughter (14)

Police in Limpopo have arrested a 65-year old man for raping his 14-year-old granddaughter.  

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It's alleged the abuse took place on multiple occasions since 2018 while the teenager's grandmother was not at home. 

According to the authorities, the man bribed the child with money to stay silent about the abuse. 

It’s understood the suspect also tried to sell her to his friends by bringing in two other men to sexually abuse her. 

“She broke the silence after the suspect wanted to sell her to two other men for sexual exploitation,” says Witness Tiva from Limpopo’s Department of Social Development. 

“The continuing murder and rape of women and children in Limpopo is an indication that perpetrators of these heinous acts have a total disregard of the law and deliberately undermine the human rights of the victims.” 


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The stats show there were 21 325 murders between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, an increase of 303. "The 17 community reported crimes we have recorded a noticeable decrease of 2.7% as compared to an increase of 0.7 % last year," Cele said.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Bolobedu Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

In another incident an eight-year-old girl was raped and murdered allegedly by her uncle at Xipungu village outside Letsitele. 

Both incidents come in the wake of a rise in gender-based violence in the country. 

On Friday, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that sexual offences increased by 1.7%, an increase of 706 cases between April and March.


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Gender-based violence cost the lives of at least 29 women June, with Cele saying police managed to arrest all the suspects involved in the various killings. "Our June month, for some reason, was a terrible terrible month. We lost almost 29 women in one month who were killed.

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