The family of a 21-year-old alleged rapist whose victim is a woman, 84, has been criticised for offering to pay damages for the incident.
The family of a 21-year-old alleged rapist whose victim is an 84-year-old woman in KwaZulu-Natal has been criticised for trying to sweep the matter under the carpet by offering to pay damages.
The 21-year-old allegedly raped the elderly woman in and then fell asleep on her bed with all his clothes on the floor. The incident happened in Ward 8 at Esibizane village in the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal
According to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development, the man took advantage of the woman after her daughter did not return home.
Spokesperson, Mhlaba Memela said 21-year-old allegedly overpowered the elderly woman and raped her several times. The woman only managed to escape when the attacker slept and she crawled outside towards her gate to get help.
A neighbour was reportedly awoken by her dogs that were barking non stop. The neighbour saw the old woman who told him that there was a man in her house.
“The neighbours went into the house and found the young man sleeping naked with all his clothes on the floor with a can of alcohol,” Memela said.
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KZN Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza commended police for their swift action and also condemned the incident.
Khoza said there are so many immoral people who take advantage of senior citizens.
“Elderly persons are living in fear as they are attacked and raped while in their homes. We find solace that this criminal was found sleeping at the crime scene,” she said.
Khoza called on the law to show no mercy to the alleged rapist and that he must serve a long time in jail after committing such a horrible crime.
Khoza further criticised the action by the alleged perpetrator’s family to have the matter swept under the carpet by trying to pay inhlawulo (damages) for the incident.
The MEC also called on law enforcement agencies to punish people who attempt to interfere with rape cases.
“The fact that there are people who even suggest paying inhlawulo shows the extent of the moral decay. There is no better punishment for a person who rapes than sending him to prison,” she said .
The department has reportedly dispatched a team of social workers to provide psycho-social support to the elderly woman and her family for trauma debriefing and containment.
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