Gran, 82, traumatised after rape

2012-08-01 13:03
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Durban - The son of an 82-year-old woman who was raped at Mambedwini in Swayimane in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday says his mother is still traumatised.

“At times she gets overcome by grief and just breaks down and cries,” he said on Tuesday.

The woman became the second elderly rape victim in the same area in less than a week. A 92-year-old was raped on July 23, allegedly by a beneficiary of President Jacob Zuma’s special remissions programme. The 30-year-old suspect appeared in court on Thursday last week.

The son said he was lying on his bed listening to the soccer match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates when he heard a loud bang on his door. His wife was asleep.


“It was my mother … She was screaming, ‘They’ve hurt me’.

“She was no longer wearing her head scarf. I opened the door and she rushed in and just fell on the floor crying.”

His house is about two minutes’ walk from his mother’s. She told her daughter-in-law she had been raped.

Not knowing what to do, he said he went outside, hoping to catch the rapist.

He asked his area councillor to call the police, and his mother was taken to hospital. On Monday she received counselling. The son said he was heartbroken.

“My father died over 35 years ago and my mother has never been with a man in all these years. Then a youngster comes and violates her.”

He said his mother had not stepped into her house since the incident and had told his wife that she would never again use the blankets she was raped on. He said he hoped justice would prevail and that the perpetrator was taken out of society “for good”.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said no arrests have been made.

Police appeal to anyone with information to contact Detective Captain Themba Malinga: 033 3879519 or 079 5001330.
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