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Police concerned after rape of mentally challenged women

Police have reiterated concern about crimes perpetrated against women in the wake of separate recent incidents during which two mentally challenged women were allegedly raped at Mokwakwaila and Namakgale respectively. Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe indicated that acting Provincial Police Commissioner Jan Scheepers has encouraged and advised members of the community to strengthen safety around …

Police have reiterated concern about crimes perpetrated against women in the wake of separate recent incidents during which two mentally challenged women were allegedly raped at Mokwakwaila and Namakgale respectively.
Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe indicated that acting Provincial Police Commissioner Jan Scheepers has encouraged and advised members of the community to strengthen safety around persons living with disability, especially mentally challenged females, in order to avoid and prevent similar incidents.
Ngoepe referred to the first incident saying that a man was apprehended by community members of Mokwakwaila while allegedly busy raping a 28-year-old mentally challenged women in a nearby bush. The Police were summoned to the scene and arrested the man as well as the victim’s grandmother who had allegedly arranged for the suspect to sleep with the victim on order to conceive a child. Ngoepe added that the victim’s ordeal had allegedly been going on for the past three years.
A court update was available at the time of going to print.
Meanwhile, Police are still hunting for a middle-aged man who allegedly raped a 27-year-old mentally challenged woman at Namakgale outside Phalaborwa.
Ngoepe reiterated that the incident allegedly took place at about 18:30 when the woman was walking home from a church service. She allegedly met an unknown man who asked her to accompany him to a certain house and on arrival he accosted and raped her, according to Ngoepe.
Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect can contact investigation officer Richard Boshomane on 079 894 5501 or report to the nearest Police station.

Story: RC Myburgh
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