Com­mu­nity gangs up to ar­rest 36-year-old pae­dophile

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Leonard Ncube

RES­I­DENTS of Em­pumalanga sub­urb in Hwange teamed up and ef­fected a cit­i­zens ar­rest on an al­leged mar­ried pae­dophile for hav­ing a love af­fair with a 12-year-old girl from the same sub­urb.

The Chron­i­cle was told that Phathisani Tshuma (36), a stocks con­troller at Delta Bev­er­ages in Hwange, was in the habit of hav­ing af­fairs with mi­nor girls who he im­preg­nates and dumps.

On Sun­day he al­legedly picked up the 12-year-old girl and drove to his usual hide­out in a nearby bush for sex and was ap­pre­hended by res­i­dents when he re­turned to drop off the girl.

Po­lice spokesper­son for Mata­bele­land North prov­ince Sergeant Na­mati­rai Mashona could not read­ily comment on the mat­ter yes­ter­day.

Sources close to the mat­ter said Tshuma was in po­lice cus­tody while the lit­tle girl, who is do­ing Grade Seven at a school in Em­pumalanga, was re­ferred for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion at St Pa­tricks Hospi­tal.

A po­lice source said Tshuma will ap­pear in court to­day charged with hav­ing sex with a mi­nor.

Res­i­dents who spoke to The Chron­i­cle on con­di­tion of anonymity said Tshuma was well-known for sleep­ing with mi­nors.

“He is known for chas­ing af­ter school girls who he usu­ally takes to the bush where he has sex with them be­fore pam­per­ing them with good­ies. On Sun­day he took a 12-year-old girl from a pri­mary school in Em­pumalanga to a nearby bush.

“The two have been lovers for quite some time. Peo­ple couldn’t tell the girl’s mother for fear of trau­ma­tis­ing her af­ter a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent hap­pened two years ago when a cer­tain woman died of heart at­tack af­ter she learnt that her mi­nor daugh­ter was in love with the same man,” said a source.

Res­i­dents al­legedly mo­bilised each other af­ter Tshuma was spot­ted pick­ing the girl and con­fronted him when he came back to drop her off.

They ef­fected a cit­i­zens ar­rest and took him to Hwange Po­lice Sta­tion.

“The girl was quizzed by res­i­dents but she de­nied hav­ing an af­fair with the man. She only ad­mit­ted it af­ter her friend from school told neigh­bours that the two were in love. The friend said Tshuma would oc­ca­sion­ally pick her and they would drive into the bush,” said the source.

The girl’s fa­ther re­port­edly lives in South Africa.

It is al­leged that some par­ents have ac­cepted bribes from him to con­ceal his af­fairs af­ter catch­ing him with their mi­nor daugh­ters.

“This man has been a men­ace in our com­mu­nity as he tar­gets young girls even in pri­mary school. Some par­ents have con­fronted him for chas­ing af­ter their mi­nor daugh­ters while some have fool­ishly ac­cepted bribes from him,” added the source.

“He has an un­der­age wife whom he im­preg­nated when she was still in school. He im­preg­nated a Form 2 girl and left her be­fore im­preg­nat­ing a Form 1 girl who he also dumped and now he has an af­fair with a Grade 7 girl.”

Neigh­bours yes­ter­day ac­com­pa­nied the girl to the hospi­tal for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and The Chron­i­cle was in­formed that re­sults con­firmed she was sex­u­ally ac­tive.— @ncubeleon.

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