Cops take strong action against women and child abuse

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Limpopo police spokesman Senior Superintendent Motlafela Mojapelo has vowed to deal decisively with cases of rape, and women and child abuse this Women's Month.

Mojapelo said this yesterday after the arrest of six rape suspects, aged between 40 and 79.

The men are accused of raping girls aged between one and 15 years. The incidents happened in different areas of the province.

In a case that sent shock-waves throughout the province, January Zitha, 79, from Moyakayaka village near Tzaneen, was arrested for allegedly raping a one-year old baby. The child's aunt found Zitha naked, performing the heinous act. He was refused bail when he appeared before the Ritavi magistrates' court. He is due to appear in court again today.

In the second incident, a prominent Tzaneen schoolteacher, Davy Shai, 40, was arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year old girl in May. The Grade 8 victim, whom Shai teaches at Matokane Secondary School in Relela village, reportedly tried to smother the matter but a classmate told other pupils about the alleged rape.

Shai was arrested on Saturday at his house in Mankweng. He is out on R2000 bail. He is expected to appear in court again today.

A 69-year-old man was arrested in Phalaborwa on Saturday for allegedly raping two girls aged eight and 12. On Sunday David Mohale, 47 and Elson Mashile, 41, were arrested in Mojeteng and Sharpville villages outside Lenyenye for allegedly raping 8-year-old and 9-year-old girls respectively.