The Limpopo police have launched a manhunt after a 15-year-old girl was raped while on an errand to buy medication for her mother.
THE POLICE at Levubu in Limpopo have launched a manhunt after the rape of a 15-year-old girl that took place at Tshakhuma, next to Tshiemuemu Secondary School.
The girl was raped on Saturday while she was on an errand to buy medication for her mother.
“According to police reports, the victim departed her residence at Tshakhuma Masire village to purchase medication for her mother in Tshakhuma market pharmacy,” Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said.
After a few hours, her mother called her cellphone but she did not respond.
“Reports indicate that suddenly, the mother of the victim received a phone call from a local pastor who told her that he had found her daughter walking alone and crying on the street,” said Ledwaba.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the victim bought medication and boarded a minibus to go home.”
The minibus taxi she boarded was reportedly occupied by four men, who then drove in the wrong direction until they stopped next to Tshiemuemu Secondary School.
“Afterwards, the suspects took the victim to nearby bushes and she was raped by one of the suspects. The victim was later released, and the suspects drove off afterwards,” said Ledwaba.
“A manhunt has since been launched for their arrest.”
The acting provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo, Major-General Jan Scheepers, has condemned the incident and tasked the team of investigators to trace and arrest the wanted men.
The police appealed to anyone with information that can assist with the investigation to contact Crime Stop on 086-001-0111, the nearest police station or via the MySAPS app.
Police investigations are continuing.