A teenage girl who was waiting for a bus to school in Port Elizabeth was apparently grabbed in front of the entrance of their smallholding on Monday morning and raped in nearby forests.
The rapist also allegedly stole the girl’s (18) cellphone, which was found in the possession of a 29-year-old man along the N2 in the city about an hour later.
Col. Police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu says the man was arrested on charges of rape and robbery. He will appear in the local magistrate’s court on Wednesday.
According to police information, the girl was waiting for transport to a local school at around 06:50 in Chelsea along Seaview Road at the entrance of their smallholding.
“An unknown man allegedly approached her and asked her to walk with him. When she refused, the man grabbed her by the arm and dragged her into nearby bushes. “
She was apparently dragged into the bushes on the corner of Westlands and Seaview Roads and punched in the face before being raped. After this, the rapist took the girl’s cellphone and ran away.
Naidu says the girl went home and reported the incident, after which a private security company and local neighborhood watch immediately combed the area.
According to Kevin de Wet, co-owner of Nitrous Security, there was good co-operation between the security guards, the local Farm Comm neighborhood watch and police on Monday morning to arrest a suspect within an hour.
He says they had a good description of the man and their guard was able to identify the possible suspect, even as he took off his jacket.
“The man probably thought because his jacket was out, we would not recognize him. He therefore did not suspect anything when the member came across him. “
The suspect was apprehended along the N2, near Baywest Boulevard, with the victim’s cellphone in his possession and handed over to police.
Meanwhile, Loyiso Pulumani, spokesperson for the Eastern Cape education department, expressed his shock at the incident and said discussions would be held with the district director to provide the necessary support to the girl after the traumatic incident.
Maj.Gen. Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner Thembisile Patekile praised the local neighborhood watch and security company for their help on Monday afternoon, saying it was through these active partnerships that crime in communities could be curbed.