Sun. May 19th, 2024

A 20-year-old man from Limpopo is set to appear in the Lulekani Magistrate’s Court on Monday following allegations of sexually assaulting a 73-year-old woman.

The incident reportedly occurred on Friday, April 26, around 3 am in Majeje village.

Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, provincial police spokesperson, stated that the victim was asleep at the time of the attack.

“According to information, the suspect entered the victim’s house while she was sleeping alone and was startled to find a man standing beside her bed. He allegedly instructed her to remain quiet and threatened to kill her if she screamed. Subsequently, he strangled her, forcibly undressed himself, and sexually assaulted her. However, the victim managed to bite his finger, causing him to flee the scene, abandoning his sandals,” Ledwaba explained. He added that the elderly woman called for assistance, prompting her neighbors to respond.

“A case of sexual assault was reported for further investigation. The suspect was swiftly traced and arrested at the scene,” Ledwaba continued.

Limpopo police commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, commended the officers for the prompt apprehension of the suspect.

The suspect is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on the aforementioned charges.

“The police investigation remains ongoing,” Ledwaba concluded.

In a separate incident, the South African Police Service’s border policing unit in Limpopo apprehended a 58-year-old Tanzanian man for attempting to smuggle dagga valued at over R1 million at the Groblersbrug port of entry, which connects South Africa and Botswana. Acting on a tip-off, authorities arrested the 58-year-old suspect on Saturday.

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