A 24-year-old plumber was arrested in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl on the family property where he was hired to repair a water tank.
The incident occurred outside Hoedspruit in the Mopani district, according to authorities.
According to police spokesperson Brig Hlulani Mashaba, evidence suggests that the Mozambican national who was called to replace the water tank at the victim’s homestead about 4 p.m. on Friday reportedly raped the youngster while her mother was away.
“It is alleged while working on the tank the suspect grabbed the victim and threatened to stab her. He allegedly raped her in the absence of her mother.
“The victim related the alleged incident to her mother on the same day when she came back home and it was reported at Hoedspruit police station.
“The docket was transferred to the Phalaborwa family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit for further investigation,” Mashaba said.
Mashaba stated that police apprehended the suspect on Saturday and arrested him for alleged rape and violation of the Immigration Act.
The suspect is expected to appear before Hoedspruit periodical court on Monday.