In a heartbreaking incident that has shocked the community, a 43-year-old man has been remanded in custody for allegedly raping his six-year-old biological daughter in Solomondale.
The accused, a foreign national, was apprehended by the authorities on Thursday and brought before the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
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“It is reported that the mother and the father had an arrangement that the father should reside with their daughter at his residence in Solomondale, in the beginning of December last year,” said Mashaba.
“It is reported that during the six-year-old victim’s visit to her mother while bathing, she complained about pains on the private parts.”
The mother of the victim, suspecting that her daughter may have been subjected to sexual abuse, took the courageous step of seeking medical assistance. She promptly brought her daughter to the clinic for a thorough examination, which confirmed her worst fears.
“The doctor confirmed that indeed the child was raped and she (the six-year-old girl) indicated that her father had raped her,” said Mashaba.
“The incident was immediately reported to the police, on Wednesday, October 18, and the suspect (father) was apprehended the next day while at his residence prior to his court appearance on Friday, October 20.”
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The case against the 43-year-old man was postponed to Friday, October 27.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, the Limpopo provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service, has condemned the “shocking” occurrence.
Hadebe also praised the authorities who apprehended the accused father.