A 17-year-old Form Three at Mpanedziba Secondary School in Tsholotsho has been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl from the same school.
The suspect allegedly cornered his victim in one of the school classrooms after he found her searching for her textbook.
Acting Matabeleland North Province Community Relations and Liaison Officer Assistant Inspector Christopher Mahohoma confirmed the arrest. He told VicFallsLive:
On the 19th day of November 2022 and at Mpanedziba Secondary school, the victim went into her form one classroom looking for her missing Ndebele textbook.
She found the suspect seated on top of a desk alone and she did not mind the presence of the suspect and continued with the search of her textbook.
During the process, the suspect stood up, grabbed the victim by her T-shirt, and dragged her into a classroom storeroom which was not locked and he then raped the victim once.
Mahohoma said after committing the crime, the suspect fled from the scene.
The matter came to light when the victim narrated the sexual assault to the matron who then reported the matter to the police.
In another rape case, police in Lupane have launched a manhunt for Caspar Twala of Shabula Range under Chief Mabikwa who allegedly raped his eight-year-old daughter on Monday. Said Mahohoma:
On the 20th day of November 2022, the victim and her other two siblings were left in the custody of their biological father Caspar Twala by their grandmother.
It was during the absence of the grandmother when the suspect called the victim into his bedroom hut where he rapped her once.
Twala allegedly used his hands to forcibly close her daughter’s mouth to prevent her from screaming. Added Mahohoma:
After the act, the suspect threatened to beat the victim if she discloses the act to anyone.
The victim did not take heed of the threats and narrated to her grandmother what happened to her upon her arrival back home.
The grandmother quickly took the victim to the police and lodged a police report before taking her for a medical examination.