Undocumented eSwatini national in court for raping his granny (87) and cousin (26)


By Staff Reporter

EMVELO-A 28-year-old eSwatini national was arrested for robbery and raping his grandmother and cousin at eMvelo, under Mkhondo Municipality.

According to the police, they allege that an 87-year-old pensioner and her 26-year-old granddaughter were asleep last Sunday, June 5 when the ordeal took place.

“At around 03:00 am in the morning, suddenly the old woman felt someone pulling over her blanket. She then woke up only to find it was her grandson,” read a statement.

The grandson allegedly instructed her to keep quiet and raped her. He then proceeded to his cousin who was sleeping on a sofa in the same room and rape her too.

“After the ordeal, he allegedly went back to his grandmother and demanded money. The old woman gave him all the money she had.

They then reported the matter to the police in the morning and the suspect was found on the streets and was arrested.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, has expressed her shock at the heinous crime.

She also went on to applaud the police in Amsterdam for ensuring that the rights of the vulnerable group are, indeed, protected by reacting swiftly to apprehend the alleged perpetrator.

General Semakaleng Manamela has reiterated that there is no place for criminals in the province, especially those who abuse women and children.

” The suspect faces two counts of rape and house robbery, he appeared at the Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court today and the case has been postponed to next week.

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