Mbabane – In a rather shocking occurrence, a man believed to be from the Kingdom of Eswatini has been apprehended in South Africa after raping his 87 years-old grandmother and his 26 years-old cousin.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga have confirmed the arrest of a 28-year-old man on two counts of rape and house robbery. The man, an undocumented Eswatini national, is said to have attacked his own grandmother and cousin while they were asleep, in the early hours of Sunday morning as reported by SA publications.
According to Mpumalanga SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, the incident is alleged to have occurred in Amsterdam, a small town located in the Mkhondo local Municipality.
“According to the information, it is alleged that an 87 years old granny was asleep with her 26 years old granddaughter. Suddenly the old lady felt someone opening her blanket. She then woke up and only to found that it was her grandson. The grandson allegedly instructed her to keep quiet and raped her. The suspect continued with his evil deeds and proceeded to his 26 years old cousin who was sleeping on a coach in the same room and raped her too,” Mohlala said.
SAPS Mpumalanga says after raping his grandmother and cousin, the suspect went back and demanded the elderly woman’s social grant earnings.
“The grandmother gave all the money she had. The victims then reported the matter to the police in the morning and the suspect was found on the streets and then arrested,” Mohlala added.
The man has appeared at the Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 8 June, 2022.
Mpumalanga’s Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has expressed her shock over the alleged rape, but has also applauded police at Amsterdam for ensuring that the rights of the vulnerable group are indeed protected.
“The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has stressed that there is no place for criminals in the province especially those who abuse women and children,” Mohlala said.