Suspect charged of raping 92-year-old wheelchair woman

South Africa: A 47-year-old man was charged with raping a 92-year-old woman and is expected to appear in the Lenyenye Magistrate in Limpopo on Wednesday. 

On Monday, the alleged rapist was handcuffed at Hoveni village in Maake policing area outside Tzaneen.

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Rape of a 92-year-old woman

As per sources, that was an old woman who used a wheelchair, and she was asleep in her house when a suspect accosted her in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

According to the police spokesperson ‘Motlafelo Mojapelo,‘ the man forcefully entered the house with the help of a window and raped the elderly woman before fleeing the scene. 

Later, the family of the victim reported the matter to the Police on the same day, after the victim’s granddaughter went into her room to check on her and made a shocking discovery. A case of rape was opened, and Police immediately started investigations. 

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has sent a strict warning against the perpetrators of gender-based violence following this shocking incident.

This arrest should send a clear message to those who victimise vulnerable individuals, especially women and children, that they will be hunted down and brought to book.

It is totally based on the family to protect their elders by preventing such disturbing incidents.

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Motlafelo said the police investigation into the incident continues.

The first three months of 2022 have been spoiled with shocking rape, assault, and murder levels. The prior quarter’s murder rose by 22.2% and attempted murder by 24.8%.

Rape grew by 13.7%, attempted sexual offences skyrocketed by 26.3%, and carjacking went from 4,513 during the same period in 2021 to 5,402 between January and March this year.