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PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONER ELATED BY THE ARREST OF SUSPECTS AFTER COMMUNITY ACTIVIST REFUSED A BRIBE IN THE RAPE CASE OF 10-YEAR OLD-CHILD: POLOKWANE
2022/06/06      |  Written By:  Brigadier M Mojapelo   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: 03 June 2022-The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrest of two suspects aged 30 and 40 in Phalaborwa this afternoon, Friday 03 June 2022, for allegedly trying to bribe a Community Activist to persuade the parents of a 10 year-old child who was raped, to drop the charges.

The suspects, both foreign nationals, reportedly tried to bribe the local community activist in Namakgale to influence the parents of a 10 year-old child who was allegedly raped by their fellow Bangladeshi friend, Hossain Akter, to drop the charges.

The 10 year-old child went to the suspect’s shop in Namakgale on Sunday 08 May 2022 at about 11:00 to buy airtime voucher. Instead of serving her, the suspect locked the door and raped the child inside. He thereafter let her go. The matter was reported to the police and he was arrested on the same day at his shop. The case against the accused was postponed to 20 June 2022 for further police investigations.

The suspects allegedly offered to pay the activist an amount of money to make use of his influence to convince the parents to withdraw the charges against their fellow countryman. After paying a portion of the money, members of the Provincial Anti-Corruption unit immediately pounced on the two suspects and arrested them.

Lieutenant General Hadebe has urged community members to continue reporting crime to the police, especially crimes perpetrated against women and  children.

The suspects will appear in Phalaborwa Magistrates' Court on Monday 06 June 2022.