A Plumtree man from Nswazwi Village has been arrested for allegedly raping his employer’s nine-year-old daughter while his wife was reportedly chatting on Whatsapp in the next room.
The 26-year-old man (name withheld to protect the minor) was apprehended by villagers after he had tried to escape to neighbouring Botswana.
A source close to the case told CITE the man, sometime in July this year, was allegedly caught red-handed by his wife sexually abusing the minor and he threatened to stab her if she revealed the matter.
“Out of fear for her life, the wife concealed the matter,” the source narrated.
“She had remained behind in the kitchen where there is a strong mobile network connection and she was checking on her Whatsapp messages.
“When she went to the bedroom, she found him in the middle of the act. The man threatened to stab her if she revealed the incident to anyone”.
On the second occasion, 2 weeks ago, the man allegedly raped the minor in the kitchen while the wife was out playing netball with her friends.
“The wife went to play netball but she came back earlier than expected,” the source revealed.
“She found her husband raping the minor in the kitchen. They started quarrelling and her husband’s friend had to restrain them”.
The wife then went to the minor’s aunt who stays nearby and narrated the ordeal.
The man took this opportunity to pack his clothes and make good his escape.
Some of the villagers teamed up and gave chase. They caught up with him the following day in Botswana.
The villagers later handed him over to the police.
Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele could not comment on the matter when sought for a comment.