Rapist kills brave gogo

2010-09-13 00:00

A BRAVE 63-year-old woman who courageously fought a rapist, biting off half his tongue, was laid to rest yesterday after she succumbed to the injuries inflicted on her during the assault.

Busisiwe Ntuli was attacked in her home on August 6 by an unknown man who broke a window to get in.

Although she has two grown children, she was alone at the time as they had gone to her sister’s house to prepare for a feast.

The vicious rapist apparently managed to squeeze through a window that has home-made burglar bars designed to prevent intruders.

During the sexual assault, the man, who had turned off the light to prevent Ntuli from identifying him, blocked her mouth to prevent her from trying to scream to the neighbours for help.

Consequently none of the neighbours knew she was being attacked.

The rapist forced his tongue in Ntuli’s mouth trying to kiss her. She fought back, biting off his tongue.

Police found a two-centimetre piece of tongue during their investigations at the scene.

The rapist retaliated by beating Ntuli, leaving her with injuries to her body and face as he fled — leaving the chunk of tongue and his shoes.

Her daughter, Sizakele Ntuli, said yesterday that her mother was in pain from the injuries and struggled with her ordeal until she finally succumbed last Monday.

“The incident changed her, she struggled with the pain she was feeling from the beating she took from the rapist and was under a great deal of stress thinking of the humiliation … She was an old woman who could not believe this could happen to her.

“Her physical injuries were severe; we believe the rapist kicked her around after she bit off his tongue because every time we tried touching her body she would scream out in pain.”

Sizakele said although her mother was not killed by the rapist directly, they believe he is responsible for her death.

“All we want to see is justice done because my mother’s condition began to deteriorate after she was violated by this animal.

“We want the community to help us bring this person to book, it cannot be that hard to find some who is suddenly without a tongue,” she said.

Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed the incident and said the police sent the tongue to the SAPS Forensics Unit in Pretoria for analysis. She called on the community to help locate the suspect.

Elderly people in the area who declined to be named said they are now concerned for their safety as there seems to be a sudden surge in sexual assaults on elderly people.

“This is not the first time this has happened; three weeks ago another elderly woman in the area was attacked and sexually violated by a group of boys in her house,” said the women.

Although that attack was confirmed by several people in the area, The Witness was unable to locate the second victim.

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