Man ‘rapes’ 3 daughters
A 60-year-old man from Bulawayo allegedly raped his three daughters over a period of more than 12 years.
This came out when the eldest daughter (28), who is a divorcee, told regional magistrate Mr Chrispen Mberewere that her father raped her in June this year and gave her $5.
The court heard that when the woman consulted her younger sister aged 21 about getting her father arrested, the sister agreed to testify, saying he had also raped her many times.
It emerged the man, who is a Bulawayo City Council security guard, had also habitually raped his youngest daughter, whose age was not given in court.
“My father raped me once when I was 16 and I didn’t tell anyone because I was unaware of the law and he was my provider. After I separated with my husband this year, I decided to go back home. One day my father came home late and asked me to wake him up at 5AM so he could get ready for work,” she said.
“At 5AM, I went to his room and found his bedroom door slightly open. I thought he was fast asleep as he didn’t respond to my knocks. I went into the room and shook him.”
She told the court that her father asked her to sit next to him and she refused. “As I retreated to our room, my father grabbed me and covered my mouth with one hand. He raped me once and put $5 in my skin tight asking me not to tell anyone,” she said.
She added that her father invited her to come back the following morning.
“After that I went back to our room and woke up my younger sister. I asked her how she would react if I got our father arrested. She said she would support me as he had raped her too.”
The court heard that the woman went to Pumula Police Station and made a report, leading to her father’s arrest.
“This is not the first time he has raped us as he raped my other younger sister who is staying in the rural areas,” said the woman.
Her 21-year-old sister, who is staying with the man, was the second State witness and she told the court that her father had raped her.
“When my sister asked if I would support her decision of getting my father arrested, I agreed. My father has raped me countless times so I agreed to let her make the report,” said the woman.
In defence, the man claimed that he loves his eldest daughter but she was failing to accept his new wife. “She has never liked my new wife and will do anything to break up our relationship. She is fabricating this story as I never did anything to her,” he said.
Mr Mberewere remanded the man out of custody to August 4.