Free State Police are investigating an incident in which two girls, ages five and eight, were allegedly raped by a suspect who forced them to smoke dagga.
Details of the ordeal emerged when as the mother of the five-year-old asked her daughter on Sunday why she was unwell.
“The girl told her mother that a well-known man allegedly forced her and her eight-year-old friend to smoke dagga. Both girls were taken to the police station and the police immediately took them to the hospital for examination,” said police spokeswoman Mmako Mophiring.
The examination revealed that the children had been raped.
The suspect has been arrested and is expected to appear in Makwane Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where he will face two counts of rape and two counts of attempted murder.
“This is a sickening and horrific ordeal. I hope that justice will prevail. I would like to thank our police officers for putting the suspect behind bars,” said the provincial police commissioner, Lt. Gen. Baile Motswenyane.
In another matter, the Family, Child Protection and Sex Offenses Unit and the police were called Tseseng arrested a 60-year-old suspect who allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl in Tseseng Village.
“It is alleged that a grandmother gave money to her granddaughter around 4:45 p.m. on May 5 has a shop not far from her home to buy something. On her way, the girl came across the suspect known to her. He is said to have grabbed her and taken her to a run-down building, where he raped her. A case of rape is being investigated,” said Mophiring.
Mophiring said the suspect appeared briefly before the Tseseng Magistrates’ Court on charges of rape and was remanded in custody on legal aid and a formal request for bail.
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