Six suspects have been arrested for rapes that were committed in Tshilwavhusiku, Limpopo in December and November 2021.

In one of the incidents, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped in November 2021 by three male suspects aged 16, 21 and 31. She was walking home in the evening at Tshilwavhusiku.

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The victim allegedly met a 31-year-old suspect who threatened her with a knife and took her to his home. Upon arrival, they reportedly found four men who were busy consuming crystal meth drugs at the house.

The victim was subsequently raped by two suspects including the owner of the house while the other two men watched her ordeal. Afterwards, a 31-year-old suspect took the victim to her home and attempted to apologise to her aunt about the rape incident.

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The Police were called and the suspect ran away to evade arrest and has been in hiding together with his accomplices until their arrest yesterday, Tuesday 11 January 2022.

The rape cases were taken over by the Makhado FCS Unit for further investigations. While investigators attached to this Unit were busy probing these cases. Information on the suspects was received and a well-coordinated and intelligence-driven operation by the Makhado Crime Intelligence. The K9 and Makhado FCS detectives was conducted in the identified areas under Tshilwavhusiku policing area.

This targeted operation led to the arrest of six suspects at different addresses in the area.

“As the Province continues to fight against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide. Arrests like these will send a strong message that the police are more than determined to eradicate this scourge.

“We therefore call on our communities to continue working with the police in this fight,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Lieutenant General Hadebe concluded by commending the police, especially members of the Makhado FCS, Crime Intelligence and the K9 for their inclusive and coordinated approach when investigating cases of this nature.
The suspects, aged between 21 and 40 will appear in Makhado magistrate court tomorrow on Thursday 13 January 2022.

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