Woman ‘gang raped’

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

EIGHT Mafeteng men aged be­tween 16 and 28 al­legedly ab­ducted a 37-year-old woman on New Year’s day and took turns to rape her.

The eight have since been ar­rested and re­manded in cus­tody by the Mafeteng Mag­is­trate’s Court, ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesman, Se­nior in­spec­tor Clifford Molefe.

“it is sus­pected that on or around Jan­uary 1 at 4am, the eight sus­pects ar­rived at one of the pub­lic bars in the district and ab­ducted a 37-year-old woman,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

“They led her to nearby don­gas where they took turns rap­ing her. The sus­pects were later ar­rested and briefly ap­peared be­fore a mag­is­trate who re­manded them in cus­tody.”

He fur­ther said the eight are set to reap- pear in court on 22 Jan­uary.

In an­other rape in­ci­dent, a 23-year-old Quthing man is out on bail af­ter al­legedly rap­ing a 14-year-old girl from the same vil­lage on 1 Jan­uary 2016.

Sen insp Molefe said Hlale­fang Nkhotla, aged 23, was granted M600 bail af­ter a brief ap­pear­ance be­fore a Quthing mag­is­trate on the rape charges.

“it is re­ported that a 14-year-old girl was play­ing with other chil­dren on 1 Jan­uary when the sus­pect — Hlale­fang Nkhotla — pulled her into a donga and al­legedly raped her,” Sen insp Molefe said.

“The girl re­ported the rape to her grand­mother and the sus­pect was later ar­rested. He was granted M600 bail and will reap­pear in court on 21 Jan­uary,” he said

Snr Molefe said it was wor­ry­ing and un­for­tu­nate that men con­tin­ued to see chil-

dren as po­ten­tial part­ners “ca­pa­ble of quench­ing their thirst for sex” de­spite ef­forts be­ing made to sen­si­tise peo­ple about the need to pro­tect chil­dren.

He called on the pub­lic to join dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers in erad­i­cat­ing rape within com­mu­ni­ties as the prob­lem was on the in­crease.

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