South African Police are hunting for a 33-year-old suspect who allegedly raped his 55-year-old mother in Matatiele’s Luphindo village.
alleged that the suspect, who cannot be named to protect the identity of
the victim, forced his way into her bedroom and threatened her with a
knife before dragging her to a neighbour’s house, where the alleged rape
Matatiele police spokesman Lieutenant Raphael
Motloung said after the incident, the suspect ran away, leaving his
traumatised mother locked in the house.
Recounting the events, he
said it is alleged that on October 14, at about 7pm the victim was
asleep next to a male friend in her bedroom when the son knocked at
Apparently the suspect came home hungry and shouted outside the house, telling his mother he wanted food.
was making a noise and his mother was worried about neighbours and went
to open the door for him. Once inside the house he kept asking for food
but his mother told him to cook for himself as she had already gone to
bed,” said Motloung.
It is alleged that the suspect got angry and
went to the bedroom, where he threatened to stab the friend and his
mother with a bush knife he was carrying.
“He then pulled the blanket off them and dragged his mother to a neighbour’s house.
“It is alleged that he kept her there for the whole night and repeatedly raped her until the early hours. He then ran away.”
victim reported the matter to the police and they conducted a search
but it has yielded nothing and the suspect is still at large.
said it was worrying to see many older women being victims of crime in
communities and called on people to report such cases to the police