Nearly four decades separated them by age but they shared a despicable trait – luring young girls into a trap.
Police have arrested a 53-year-old man and an unrelated 16-year-old boy for raping children in the township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town.
Police constable Noloyiso Rwexana said the 16-year-old would appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with the rape of a five-year-old girl at his house in Makhaza on Friday.
“The suspect lured the victim into the house and raped her. In a separate incident the same suspect allegedly repeatedly raped a nine-year-old girl using the same modus operandi. According to information the suspect raped the victim several times in the month of July 2016‚’’ said Rwexana.
The 53-year-old will appear in the same court on August 17 to apply for bail.
He allegedly targeted girls between the ages of 12 and 15. He would‚ said Rwexana‚ send them to the shop. When they returned he would lock the doors and allegedly rape them.
“Police management strongly condemn the acts of this nature where young girls are being victimised. We urge the members of the communities to stand together‚ and come forward and put and end to these criminal behaviours by reporting them to police‚’’ she said.
According to the SAPS crime statistics for 2014/2015‚ there were 43‚195 rapes reported.