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2023/06/22      |  Written By:  Colonel M Ledwaba   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: Thursday 22 June 2023 The South African Police Service in Modimolle under Waterberg District arrested a 34 year-old male suspect on Wednesday 21 June 2023 r? for allegedly  raping  of an eight year-old boy between 01 June 2022 until 26 May 2023.

Police received a complaint on 03 May 2023 from the Principal of  a Primary School in Modimolle l about a Grade 1 learner who was living in an unhygienic condition. They were also informed that the mother was confronted to improve the living conditions of the child which were not adhered to their satisfaction.

Unfortunately, on 26 May 2023 the minor was removed from his mother's care and placed in a place of safety at Children's Home in Modimolle where he was later allegedly taken for medical examination because the victim displayed symptoms of sexual abuse.

On Tuesday 20 June 2023, Police further conducted a forensic assessment that proved beyond reasonable doubt that the child was raped on several occasions during the said period. Police investigations immediately commenced and a 34 year-old male suspect was nabbed in Modimolle Policing precinct in connection with the rape of an eight year-old boy. The suspect is expected to appear before the Modimolle Magistrate Court on Thursday 22 June 2023 facing a charge of rape.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the Investigation team members for their decisiveness in the  investigation which resulted in the arrest of the suspect. Police investigations are continuing.