A 45-year-old man from Pumula South suburb who dragged an eight-year-old girl into his bedroom and stuffed a piece of cloth into her mouth before raping her has been arrested.
The 45-year-old man stays next door to the eight-year-old girl and due to that he cannot be named so as to protect the identity of the minor.
An insider said the alleged rapist pounced on the unsuspecting minor on Tuesday this week shortly after 5pm while she was playing with her friends outside the yard near her home.
The insider went on to say the man called the minor. At first she refused to go to him but her friends pushed her into the yard. He quickly grabbed the minor and dragged her into his bedroom. Sensing danger the minor screamed for help but there was no one to immediately help her.
“He stuffed a piece of cloth into her mouth and pushed her onto his bed. He then raped her once,” said an insider.
A neighbour had heard the screams and went to the scene after about 10 minutes. He caught up with the minor walking to her home while sobbing.
“The girl revealed to him that she was raped by her neighbour,”said an insider.
The matter was reported at Pumula Police Station leading to his arrest.
Bulawayo acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele confirmed the incident. She urged rape victims to seek medical attention within 72 hours so that they could be offered counselling and Post Exposure Prophylaxis.