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By unknown | Aug 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dan Fuphe

Dan Fuphe

Ekurhuleni police are to charge a 48-year-old man with murder following the shooting of an alleged rapist in Etwatwa West on Sunday night last week.

Etwatwa station commissioner Senior Superintendent Phostic Maoto confirmed that they would also charge the man's 20-year-old daughter with perjury.

The girl had apparently told police that her alleged rapist, later killed by her father, was a total stranger to her and her family.

Interviewed by Sowetan on Friday, Maoto revealed that police were in possession of evidence which indicated that the alleged rapist, 23-year-old Simangaliso Praisegod Hlongwane, was not only known to the man and his family, but was the girl's lover and that they had a five-year-old son.

Though Maoto could not confirm or deny the rape, Sowetan has been reliably informed that a doctor's medical report in possession of the police will show that no rape occurred on that fateful night as claimed by the girl's family.

Asked if the new evidence would come as some consolation to the family of the dead man, Maoto could only say that the evidence weighed heavily against that which was previously presented to the police by the girl and her father.

Maoto said that since the new developments had emerged, police had not been able to locate the father and his daughter.

"Police investigations are no longer centered around the alleged rape case, but rather on the murder of the man accused of rape."

Last week after the alleged rape saga, the man who may not be identified until he appears in court, told police that when he arrived home from work on Sunday night he was greeted by screams coming from his daughter's room.

He further alleged that when he tried to open the kitchen door, he found it locked from inside, with the key still in the latch hole and that he had to use force to open it.

He said once inside, he tried to open his daughter's bedroom door, but that someone kept pushing it back from inside.

Police said that in an apparent fit of anger, the man alleged that he drew his licensed firearm and fired three shots through the door.


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