A pensioner, aged 91, is due to appear before the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 25 March 2021, following his arrest on allegations of raping an 11 year old minor. He is also facing an additional charge of assaulting a five year old boy. Meanwhile the children’s mother, who is also said to be the old man’s girlfriend, is being sought by police for child neglect after the two children as well as their sibling, a two year old girl were reported to have been left abandoned. This shocking ordeal was brought to the attention of police in Bushbuckridge yesterday, Tuesday 23 March 2021, who immediately started with their investigations into the matter.
According to the reports, it all started when a concerned citizen went to a certain house in Bushbuckridge and found three children in a terrible state without parental care. The children are said to have informed the woman of their ordeal where they indicated that their parents have been abusing them physically, emotionally and sexually. Details given by the children also revealed that the 11 year old girl, had allegedly been raped by the 91 year old man, at times, in the presence of their mother.
The said woman then, out of compassion, took the children with her to a nearby school and reported the matter to the school principal who then notified police about the situation. Upon arrival, police working together with their counterparts from the Department of Social Development, immediately sought medical attention for these children as well as taking them to a place of safety. A case was also opened accordingly hence the man’s arrest and his court appearance as well as the manhunt for the mother of the children.
Anyone who bears knowledge about the whereabouts of the children’s mother, can contact Detective Sergeant Macro Makwela at 0726132576 or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.