A 35-year-old security guard appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 01 July, on multiple charges including rape and child grooming.
Some of the other charges are sexual assault, child grooming, supply, expose and display of pornographic material to a minor. These crimes have reportedly taken place between January and March of 2020.
Reports indicate that the man was regarded as a family friend by the victims’ families. The young girls regarded the man as a father figure, often sleeping over at his house.
On 07 April 2020, the suspect was nabbed and he made his first court appearance in Nelspruit on 08 April 2020. He was granted bail of R1 500 in April. The case was postponed to 03 August 2020.
Lieutenant General Zuma, has expressed his disappointment over the alleged disgusting actions displayed by the suspect, he says, “The allegations against this man cannot be condoned in our society. No one should be allowed to prey on our innocent children and not feel the full might of the law,”
General Zuma has made a plea to parents as well as members of the community, to always be vigilant when it comes to their children.