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By Alex Matlala | Nov 24, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A 50-YEAR-old man will appear in the Thabamoopo magistrate's court today in connection with the rape of his 11-year-old daughter.

Last week the girl was removed from her school's examination room minutes after complaining of a severe pain in her private parts.

She told the teachers that her father had raped her on Friday morning before she came to school.

Lebowakgomo police spokesperson Captain Mamphaswa Seabi said the Grade 6 pupil from Mamaolo village told her teachers that she could not walk properly.

"She told the teachers that her father had been raping her since she was nine years old, dating back to 2007," Seabi said.

She reportedly also told the police her unemployed father would wait for her mother to leave their home and then force himself on her.

She also said during weekends he would rape her when her mother went to a funeral or to attend functions, Seabi said.

He said the child told her teachers that her father threatened to kill her each time after he raped her if she dared tell a soul.

He said the teachers noticed the awkward movements of the girl and suspected all was not well with her.

"But when she started living a solitary life and complaining of severe pain in her private parts, they called her aside and asked her what was happening to her. She told the teachers that virtually every morning she was abused by her father."

They reported the matter to the police, who immediately took her to a doctor for medical examinations, he said.

Seabi said the doctor's report indicated that the girl had been penetrated on several occasions.

"Police issued a warrant of arrest for the father and he was arrested on Sunday and charged with rape.

"We are at the moment still gathering more information on the matter."

The girl's father will appear in court soon, the police spokesperson said.


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