Eastern Cape police have arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of raping a 100 year-old partiality blind woman. The man was apprehended in an informal settlement near to Centane in the Eastern Cape where the elderly woman lives.
“It was indeed shocking when we started investigating a case of a hundred year granny, partially blind old woman of Centane that was raped and subsequently the provincial commissioner requested this matter be investigated as a priority. A task team was established and the suspect was arrested. He is due to appear before the court on Monday,” says Eastern Cape Police spokesperson Marinda Mills. In another rape case in the province, police arrested a 38-year-old male suspected of kidnapping and raping his 12-year-old niece at Butterworth.
Rape has been in the spotlight in the country since the brutal gang rape and murder of teenager Anene Booysen earlier in the month. The 17-year-old was raped and mutilated by a group of four men, who left her for dead in an industrial field in Bredasdorp. Two men have been arrested in connection with the crime. The incident sparked national outrage with calls for government to increase its efforts in the fight against sexual crimes.