A parolee has been re-arrested on the same charge. The 45-year-old man was arrested at a Pretoria hotel for the alleged rape of not one but two minors.
eNCA reported that the staff of a Pretoria hotel heard children screaming in his room and then confronted the suspect. The girls are said to be age 11 and 13.
SAPS said, in a media statement, that man had managed to convince the girls to leave from the Lotus Gardens in Attridgeville and accompany him to a liquor store in Pretoria West.
TimesLive reported that the man then took the girls to the hotel where he allegedly raped them both. According to the investigation, the youngest victim managed to escape and alert the hotel staff. Police acted quickly and soon thereafter arrested the man who was still found to be in the hotel room.
The investigators have at this stage been able to confirm that the suspect is a parolee after having served time for a previous rape case.
In the statement, Major General Patricia Rampota, the acting commissioner of the police in Gauteng, welcomed the arrest. She prompted investigators to work closely with the prosecutors towards building a watertight case in the best interest of justice for the minor victims.
With the advent of the 16 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign, Maj-Gen Patricia Rampota assured the public that police are committed to upholding the rights of victims of gender-based and domestic violence and femicide, and to prioritise the investigation of all crimes committed where women, children and other vulnerable people are victims.
“Our communities are encouraged to familiarise themselves with SAPS systems that are in place to ensure that the community receives optimum service delivery at all times, towards restoring public confidence in the service.
“The SAPS service complaints centre is accessible to the public to lodge complaints that can vary from poor service delivery regarding response time, investigations, police negligence, police misconduct and general complaints against the SAPS members,” she said in a TimesLive report.
16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign launches tomorrow.