The Levubu police in Limpopo have launched an extensive manhunt following a traumatic incident involving the rape of a 15-year-old girl near Tshiemuemu Secondary School, in Tshakhuma.
Limpopo teen rape suspects still at large: Here’s what we know
This heinous crime, committed on Saturday, 20 January 2024, has sent shockwaves through the community and put the police under considerable pressure to apprehend those responsible.
According to police reports, the victim left her home in Tshakhuma Masire village to buy medication for her mother at Tshakhuma Market Pharmacy.
Concerns arose when her mother couldn’t reach her on her cellphone after several hours.
In a distressing development, the victim’s mother received a call from a local pastor who had found her daughter wandering and crying on the street.
Initial investigations revealed a harrowing sequence of events.
After purchasing the medication, the victim boarded a minibus to return home. En route, she encountered four men who diverted the vehicle to a secluded area next to Tshiemuemu Secondary School.
There, the suspects took the victim to nearby bushes, where one of them raped her. The assailants then fled the scene, leaving the traumatised girl to find her way to safety.
Major General Jan Scheepers, Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, has condemned the incident in the strongest terms.
He has tasked a team of investigators with the urgent mission of tracing and arresting the suspects so they can face the full might of the law.
At this juncture, the suspects involved in the teen’s rape are still at large.