A 3-year-old girl gang raped in Thohoyandou

CRIME

By Agreement Mabunda

POLOKWANE: The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe,has issued a strong condemnation following the alleged rape of a 3-year-old girl at Ngwenani ya ha Themeli, near Sibasa in Thohoyandou, reportedly by two 9-year-old boys on Saturday, 9 March 2024.

As per the account provided by the victim’s mother, the young girl was playing with other children before returning home experiencing discomfort in her private areas. She confided in her mother about the pain and disclosed that she had been raped by two boys during play. The mother promptly sought medical assistance, and a subsequent examination by a doctor confirmed the harrowing act.

The incident was swiftly reported to the police, leading to the opening of a rape case which has been transferred to the specialized Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offenses Unit for a thorough investigation.

Given the delicate nature of the case involving minors as both the victim and the alleged perpetrators, the engagement of a Probation Officer and Social Worker has been initiated to provide necessary support and intervention.

The Provincial Commissioner conveyed shock and stated that kids should be taught the repercussions of their behavior. “Youngsters are being sexualized more frequently and are abused by both adults and other children. It is imperative for parents to give their children more attention and to constantly guard their future and the things they are exposed to,”remarked Lieutenant General Hadebe. 

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