Police hunt suspect in rapes of two women

2012-10-12 00:00

POLICE are searching for a suspect in connection with two rape charges at Impendle, one of the victims being an elderly woman.

Lieutenant Bonginkosi Nxumalo said the suspect is aged between 25 and 30 years old.

“He is African, dark in completion, tall and with a muscular build”. He said they are looking for him in connection with two counts of rape where the victims were 69 and 35 years old. It’s alleged that he targeted the women who lived alone and raped them in June and July this year.

Anyone with any information should contact the Howick family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit (FCS) at 033 239 9332 or the investigating officer at 072 395 5631.

Meanwhile, an 84-year-old woman in Ezakheni C-section, Ladysmith, was raped by her granddaughter’s boyfriend on Saturday evening.

The 29-year-old man, whose name is withheld until he is identified by the victim, has a child with the gogo’s granddaughter.

The rape took place while the old woman was home alone.

It was reported on looklocal Ladysmith that the suspect’s girlfriend had gone to a family function in another part of Ladysmith, leaving the victim alone.

She was found walking on the streets naked in the same evening and when questioned by the community she told them about her ordeal.

A search began and the suspect was found hiding in the outside toilet of the victim’s home.

A community member who works at Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality’s gender office, Ayanda Magadla, said community members beat the suspect and then called the area councillor and the police.

She said at the police station the old woman told police that after her granddaughter had left for Roosboom, about 10 km from her home, the suspect came and raped her four times.

“The granny told the police that the suspect, after accompanying the granddaughter, came back saying there was money left behind by his girlfriend. Once inside, gogo said the man raped her four times. We can’t tolerate this behaviour in our communities. Elderly people cannot wish to be dead because we the younger generation cannot take care of them. They are still our parents,” said Magadla.

She said the suspect appeared at Ezakheni Magistrate’s Court on Monday, but the public was barred from the court. Only community leaders present were allowed inside.

Outside the court at a nearby taxi rank community members expressed their outrage at this horrific act.

The man, whose name is withheld, will appear again in the same court on Monday.

The woman had since been taken to a place of safety.

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