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Alleged rapist apprehended by residents and handed over to police

By Afikile Lugunya - Jan 9, 2018
Alleged rapist apprehended by residents and handed over to police

A community manhunt led to the arrest of a 22-year-old man accused of raping a 9-year-old girl at Mamolweni Locality in Ngqeleni, near Mthatha, last week.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Dineo Koena, it is alleged that the victim was with her friend when the suspect alighted from an unknown truck and dragged the victim to a nearby veld where he raped her.

“The community apprehended the man and released him to police unharmed."

Mthatha Acting Cluster Commander, Brigadier Makonza, applauded Chief Jongisebe Gwadiso for leading a disciplined community, who know and acted according to the law that condemns mob killings.

“She further complimented them for their commitment in fight against crime.

“The suspect appeared before Ngqeleni Magistrate's Court on Monday for the charges of rape,” Captain Koena said.