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Neighbour denies arranging rape of mentally challenged woman


A woman suspected of being the mastermind behind a rape case involving a victim who is reportedly mentally challenged, told the media that she had no knowledge of her involvement in the incident.

The suspect, who is the neighbour of the victim allegedly raped by a Zimbabwean national, stated that on the day in question, the woman had come to her house as usual and found her sleeping on a mat in her garage. The woman then joined her on the same mat, and later, three Zimbabwean nationals who were working at her house demanded food. She prepared the food, which was eaten by five people - herself, the three Zimbabwean nationals, and the neighbour.

“I later went outside to clean my yard, and when I came back inside the house, I found the woman had left. I didn’t suspect anything until two days later when the police came to me to inquire about what had happened, as they are investigating the rape case against the mentally challenged woman,” said the woman, who cannot be named as she has not yet appeared in court.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba stated that the Thohoyandou Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offenses unit were investigating a case of rape against the 36-year-old victim.

The incident occurred on Sunday, 21 April, at Thohoyandou block G. Brigadier Mashaba further explained that, according to information they had received, the victim's female neighbour had called her to her house, where she had allegedly forced the victim into a garage and allowed a Zimbabwean male working at her house to rape the victim.

“The complainant in this matter alleged that her domestic worker informed her that her granddaughter was raped. They reported the incident to the police on Tuesday, 23 April, and a case of rape was registered. The male suspect is currently on the run, and the police have launched a massive manhunt,” said Brigadier Mashaba.

Anyone with information about the male suspect is urged to contact the investigating officer, Sgt Manthakha Khorommbi, on 060 770 0002 or the crime stop number 08600 10111, or the nearest police station.



Date:03 May 2024

By: Silas Nduvheni

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