Five rapes in Limpopo over Easter weekend

2011-04-28 13:11

Five incidents of rape, including that of an 85-year-old woman, occurred over the Easter weekend in Limpopo, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said from the five cases, four occurred in the Vhembe area.

The most shocking incident involved the rape of an 85-year-old woman, allegedly by a 17-year-old boy, he said.

The boy was arrested on Friday after the incident in Matshena Village.

On Sunday, a 16-year-old girl was raped when walking home. Two men confronted her, raped her and then stole her cellphone, he said.

A 19-year-old girl was also raped and robbed of her phone on Friday at Khujwane Village.

“It is alleged the victim was walking to her boyfriend’s home when she was also confronted by two men.”

In Vuwani, a 23-year-old woman was raped in Lwamondo on Sunday night, and in Dennilton a 15-year-old girl was allegedly drinking liquor at a tavern when she was apparently forced into the bushes by two men and raped on Monday night.

Ramatseba said drastic steps were taken by police against the tavern owner selling alcohol to the under-age girl.

“Measures being taken might lead to the permanent closure of the tavern, he said.

“Girls are advised not to walk alone during the night and also to avoid frequenting liquor outlets alone during the night.”

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