Shocking new child rapes reported in Ulundi

2012-09-25 00:00

EVEN though the crime statistics released last week show a decline in the number of rapes in Pongola and Ulundi, police in the Zululand capital said four rape cases all involving minors were opened by the end of last week alone.

Spokesperson Captain Sabelo Dube said the increase in rape cases in the region was worrying.

“There is an increase in the rape of young children and gogos,” he said.

“We urge the community to utilise pre-schools and aftercare services rather than leave their children with neighbours which seems unsafe now.

“We will encourage all pre-schools to have aftercare services,” he added.

Dube said the most recent rape was on Thursday when a suspect allegedly raped a 10-month-old child at Esigungwini in Pongola.

The 22-year-old mother said she left her baby girl asleep in her bedroom and went to the shop while her mother and two sisters were in the sitting room.

“When I returned home I found a man from next door sitting with my mother and sisters.

“I then went to my room only to find my baby sucking a dummy which did not belong to her.

“When I held her in my arms I was shocked to see blood all over her nappy which had also spilt on the bed.

“I went crazy and did not know who to blame for what had happened to my one and only daughter,” she said.

Other cases opened last week include the rape of a seven-year-old girl from Mhlahlane area in Ulundi and the rape of a two-year-old girl and another child, aged six, in L-Section, Ulundi.

These cases add to the rapes of two young female athletes by three suspects last week as they were returning home from the Zululand District Mayoral Games held in Pongola.

The girls, aged 15 and 17, said the bus driver dropped them off at the wrong bus stop where all of the athletes in the bus were dropped off.

“When we told him where to drop us off he told us every one else was jumping off so we had to do so too. As we were walking we noticed three men following us. We thought they were just normal people walking home late.

“We were alarmed when they started running so we ran as well. It was muddy so the two of us both tripped and fell. Two men gang- raped me while the other raped my friend who was unconscious at the time after the fall.

“I tried to scream, but I was told I was going to get stabbed if I continued,” one of the girls said.

The crime statistics for the 2011/2012 period state that the number of sexual offences in Ulundi decreased from 89 to 71 and in Pongola from 28 to 22.

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