Rape in Lebu Village

TOM BURKE — A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped in the house of a family member in Lebu Village on Wednesday 9 January around 15:00. The 46-year-old suspect was arrested on Thursday 10 January in connection with the rape case that was opened at Tom Burke SAPS.

According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS Cluster spokesperson, the suspect resides in Lebu Village and is an educator at Mananye High School. He allegedly went to the victim’s residence in Lebu Village to hand over the birth certificate of the victim’s cousin. Neither the cousin nor the victim’s mother was at home.

According to WO Mokoena, it is alleged that the suspect approached the victim while she was sitting on the sofa. He offered to hug her to show his appreciation regarding the cousin’s school performance. She denied his advance after which he said to her “it has been long looking for you”. In her statement, the victim alleges that he then loosened his belt and unzipped his trousers. The victim tried to push him away from her but he resisted, lifted her dress and removed her panty. He then penetrated her without a condom against her will.

When her mother arrived a little later, she told her what happened during her absence.

The suspect appeared before Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Friday 11 January. He was granted bail for R500 and the case was postponed to 1 March 2019. The investigation continues.

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