- An 84-year-old KZN granny was allegedly raped by a 21-year-old.
- The traumatised woman managed to escape after the man fell asleep following the alleged incident.
- The man was found naked with a can of alcohol beside him.
A 21-year-old KwaZulu-Natal man was arrested after he fell asleep soon after allegedly raping an 84-year-old woman.
The man, who forcefully gained entry to her home while she was asleep in Esibizane Village, at Newtonville location in Creighton in the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma municipal area, allegedly overpowered the granny and raped her several times, said MEC for Social Development Nonhlanhla Khoza on Wednesday.
"The victim only managed to escape when the attacker slept, and she crawled down towards her home gate to get help," she said.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala confirmed the incident.
"The suspect was arrested at the scene by Creighton police for rape and the docket was transferred to Kokstad Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit," Gwala said.
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According to the MEC, neighbours were awoken by the incessant barking of dogs.
"Upon inspection, he saw the old person, who told him that there was a man in her house. The neighbours went into the house and found the perpetrator sleeping naked, with all his clothes on the floor, and a can of alcohol," Khoza said.
"We have so many immoral people who take advantage of senior citizens. Elderly persons are living in fear as they are attacked and raped while in their homes. We find solace that this criminal was found sleeping at the crime scene."
Khoza called on the law to "show no mercy".
She also criticised the action by the perpetrator's family, who apparently attempted to have the matter swept under the carpet by trying to pay inhlawulo (a fine for damages) to the victim.
Khoza called on law enforcement agencies to punish people who attempted to interfere with rape cases.
"The fact that there are people who even suggest paying inhlawulo shows the extent of the moral decay. There is no better punishment for a person who rapes than sending him to prison," she added.