Mpumalanga police have nabbed a 48-year-old man for allegedly rap_ing a blind gogo.
Police said the gogo (79) was allegedly rap_ed at Vosman in Emalahleni on Sunday, 2 May.
The alleged rap_ist was swiftly arrested with the help of the community and appeared in absentia before the Emalahleni Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 4 May.
Mpumalanga police spokesman, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said:
“The suspect, regarded as a neighbour who resides a few houses away from the elderly woman’s house, went to her house, found her there alone, and allegedly rap_ed her.
“She then ran towards the street as her daughter arrived home with her male friend. Her daughter then managed to grab her and tried to find out what was going on when she realized that her mother looked terrified.”
Hlathi said the daughter’s friend then went to the house to investigate why the gogo had run out and allegedly found the suspect trying to put his trousers back on. He then wrestled with the suspect and other members of the community came to assist him.
“Police were later notified about the incident and upon arrival, police arrested the suspect on a charge of rap_e but due to his injuries, he was taken to hospital for medical treatment.
“The suspect appeared before the Emalahleni Magistrates Court in absentia on Monday, 3 May and the case postponed to 10 May 2021,” he said.
Acting provincial commissioner, Major General Thulani Phahla, welcomed the suspect’s arrest however cautioned members of the public not to take the law into their own hands.
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