He had threatened to kill her but the 14-year-old gathered courage to tell her mother and grandmother about her step grandfather’s attacks.
Police have arrested a 50-year-old grandfather from Rammolutsi in Viljoenskroon after he allegedly repeatedly raped his 14-year-old step granddaughter.
Free State police arrested the step grandfather on Sunday 28 November 2021. The suspect cannot be named to protect the identity of his step granddaughter.
SAPS spokesperson, Captain Malebo Khosana, said the arrest came after his 14-year-old victim finally managed to gather the strength to inform her grandmother of her rape ordeal at the hands of her grandfather.
GRANDFATHER’S MURDEROUS THREATS OVERCOME
Khosana said the teenager had initially kept the rape a secret because her step grandfather had threatened to kill her if she reported the crime.
“She went on to report that another horrible incident happened again in September 2021 when the grandfather barged into her bedroom saying he needed bath towels. He wanted to jump onto the bed where she was lying (and) she tried to run into the sitting room but he grabbed and dragged her into his bedroom where he raped her for the second time,” Khosana said.
After the ordeal she told him that she was going to inform her grandmother but he replied by saying that he was not afraid of prison.
“The rape incident was exposed on Saturday, 27 November 2021 while the girl’s biological mother was home. The daughter went to the grandmother who was sitting with the mother’s friends and told them that the mother does not know that the grandfather is abusing her sexually. She related everything and the police were informed,” Khosana said.
The suspect appeared in the Viljoenskroon Magistrates’ court on Monday, 29 November 2021 to face a charge of rape. He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance when he will file a bail application on Tuesday 7 December 2021.