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Wed Oct 22 02:01:53 SAST 2014

Another granny raped

CANAAN MDLETSHE | 29 November, 2012 00:34
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An 82-year-old Montebello grandmother was raped while sleeping alone in her RDP house. The attack was during the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children Abuse Picture: THULI DLAMINI

A grandmother wiped away a tear as she remembered being raped by a man "young enough to be my grandson" on Saturday.

The 82-year-old was sleeping alone in her low-cost house in Montebello, near KwaMaphumulo, north of Durban, when a man forced his way intoat a time when the country is observing 16 days of activism against women and children abuse.

She is the sixth elderly woman to be raped in KwaZulu-Natal in the past three months.

In August, two women - a 94-year-old and an 82-year-old - were raped in KwaSwayimane, not far from Montebello.

A third rape occurred in Pietermaritzburg and a another two in Gingindlovu and Mhlabuyalinga.

"A traditional ceremony was being not far from my home. I went to bed early because it was cold and I do not have electricity.

"During the night I heard some banging on the window and screamed for the children from my neighbour's house to come and check.

"That's when they established that the window was not entirely closed and they tightened it," she said.

Later that night, the grandmother was awoken by a drunken intruder. She had forgotten to lock the door to her room.

"When he realised I was awake, he started to throttle me. I battled to breathe and thought I would suffocate.

"Without saying a word, he started raping me. It was so painful and when I tried to fight him, he tightened his grip around my throat. After he finished, he left," she said.

After he had gone, the pensioner shouted for help.

"I have stayed in this home for many years and it's the first time that such an evil thing [has] happened.

"I don't think I will ever forget what that boy did to me.

"Even when I whispered, asking him to stop hurting me, he did not stop."

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development Weziwe Thusi condemned the rape.

"Elderly abuse incidents bring shame to our society. Communities should unite and come up with strategies to prevent them.

"As communities, we need to make sure that we don't let our elderly sleep alone at night and report incidents of abuse to the police," said Thusi.

She said her department would help the victim and her family through this "traumatic experience in their lives".

Provincial police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said: "We can confirm that the KwaDukuza Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit is investigating a case of rape.

"No arrest has been made at this stage".

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