A three-year-old toddler from Tshififi Village outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo was allegedly raped by a 12-year-old neighbour on Tuesday. Reports indicate that the victim went with other children to play at the suspect’s house. When she returned home later on, her mother suspected foul play.

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She then took her to the local medical center and that’s when it was confirmed the victim was raped. Police were called and a case of rape was also opened. The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit launched an investigation which revealed that the victim was raped by the 12-year-old boy. The Probation Officer was contacted for intervention as the suspect is a minor.

Three-year-old girl raped by a 12-year-old boy in Tshififi


Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant-General, Thembi Hadebe has strongly condemned the incident. She has also expressed shock and said, children need to be educated about the consequences of their actions.

“There is an increase in the sexualization of children and they fall victim to abuse perpetrated by adults and children themselves. Parents should pay more attention to the children they are raising and always be protective of their future and what they are being exposed to,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.