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A teenager accused of repeatedly raping his sister's two little daughters appeared in court on Monday.
The 17-year-old schoolboy from KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, allegedly tied the eight and nine-year-old girls' wrists with rope, put tape over their mouths to prevent them from screaming, raped them repeatedly and then threatened to cut their throats if they told anyone.
He was not asked to plead and the case was postponed to April 25. He has been released into the custody of his parents.
The girls told their mother that their uncle had been sexually molesting them since early last year.
Captain Phillip Fakude told Sowetan that the girls kept the alleged molestations secret, but that the younger one refused to visit her grandmother last week because, she said, her uncle took off her clothes.
"This alarmed the mother, who questioned the kids further but could not get the truth until she took them to the local clinic. Social workers at the clinic interviewed them and discovered that they had been raped on several occasions," he said.
The girls were referred to a medical doctor, who confirmed that they had been sexually molested and the matter was reported to the police.
Fakude advised mothers to be very cautious about the whereabouts of their female children, regardless of their age, because of sexual molesters of all ages, especially relatives.
"The country has become so sick that trusting any male has become a serious problem when it came to sexual matters, so mothers should always keep an eye on their daughters," he said.
Police have arranged for the girls and their mother to receive counselling.