Tebogo Msimanga |
A 31 year old Otsile Juell Boinamo appeared before the Itsoseng Magistrates’ Court Wednesday on a charge of rape. He was arrested after he handed himself over to the Itsoseng police on Monday, 25 October 2021.
It is alleged that a 30-year-old woman with disability, using a wheelchair, was visiting friends and later went to a tavern on Friday, 22 October 2021 in Bodibe village near Itsoseng.
Colonel Adéle Myburgh of North West Police said the woman was about leave the tavern at about 19:00 when Boinamo volunteered to take her home. “However, on their way, the accused instead took her to his place in Zone 1, where he allegedly raped her.”
Myburg added that the victim managed on Saturday, 23 October 2021, to escape by crawling out of the house into the street where she was assisted by a passer-by, who contacted the police. As a result, a case of rape was opened for investigation.
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena condemned the incident which he described as appalling. He discouraged women to avoid being accompanied by strangers, but rather move in groups of well-known friends, especially at night.
The accused will make a second court appearance on Thursday, 4 November 2021, for a formal bail application.