Children, women urged to not walk alone after incidents

2016-10-26 06:00

Phuthaditjhaba. – A 30-year-old woman from the Molapo section of the Makwane Village in Qwaqwa was allegedly robbed and raped while she was returning home from a local tavern with a friend.

The suspect robbed her of two cellphones.

In another case, a 12-year-old was sexually assaulted on her way back home from a shop.

On Sunday (23/10) at about 02:00, two women were on their way home from a local tavern when they were accosted by two suspects in a street of the Molapo section. One of the two suspects assaulted the victim with a bottle, robbed her of two cellphones and raped her.

A case of robbery and rape is being investigated. No suspects have been arrested yet.

On Wednesday (19/10) at about 20:00 a 12-year-old girl from the Lusaka section of the Makwane Village was on her way back home from the shop when she met a suspect known to her. The suspect tried to rape her, but she managed to run away and reported the incident to her parents. A case of attempted rape is being investigated.

“We urge parents to prevent their children from walking alone at night. This also applies to all women. It is for their own safety, to keep them from becoming victims of rape,” says Maj.Gen. Peter Moloi, Phuthaditjhaba cluster commander.

“For those involved in the rape of women, we are not going to leave any stone unturned. We shall seek, find and convict you.

“Children are not supposed to be sent to shops at night, walking alone. We need to stand together as a community and start to patrol our streets through neighbourhood watches and sector street patrollers.”

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