A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 40-year-old man at Leslie in the Gert Sibande District on Saturday, 13 May 2023 around 13:30.
The incident was reported to the Police in Leslie who acted with speed resulting in the swift arrest of the suspect shortly after the matter was reported.
According to information, it is said that on that fateful day, the victim was playing in the street when she was lured by the suspect into his house.
It was reportedly during the time when the suspect allegedly took advantage on the girl and raped her. After the incident, the victim went home and related her ordeal to her grandmother.
The matter was eventually reported to the Police in Leslie and the astute members reacted swiftly whereby the suspect was apprehended.
The case will be investigated by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).
The man is expected to appear at the Leslie Periodical Court on Monday, 15 May 2023 facing a rape charge.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has strongly condemned the incident whilst applauding members who responded swiftly thereby arresting the alleged perpetrator. The General further indicated the SAPS regard incidents of such nature in a serious light and police will continue to ensure that children are protected from perpetrators of Gender-Based-Violence. According to the General, the victimization of children are definitely signs of moral decay in the society.