A 24-year-old man has finally been arrested in connection with the horrific rape and spoil of a 5-year-old girl in 2019 in the Eastern Cape.
THE BRUTAL MURDER TOOK PLACE IN 2019
Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the badly battered and bruised body of Chantelle Makwena was came upon by her father in a bathroom in Withoogte. She was half-naked and sustained serious head and facial injuries.
“On Saturday, 31 July 2021, police acquired the forensic sage linking the man to the spoil and rape of the youngster. He was immediately arrested at Blozo location in Rocklands.”
Naidu said on 2 August 2019 at about 19: 00, Veronica Makwena (23) and her sister (34) left their youth at their home in Withoogte in Rocklands with the man, his girlfriend, and the girlfriend’s brother. They went to search advice from a friend in the same vicinity.
“When the two females returned at 22: 00, the same night, they came upon the front door opened, and neither of the adults was there. Chantelle Makwena was now now not in her bed, and Veronica Makwena went to the neighbour’s home to leer if she was there. She was now now not there as smartly.
“The mum plan that perhaps Chantelle may have gone to her father’s home, which is on another farm, and determined to transfer and search for her there in the morning.”
She said the mother went to search for the youngster the next morning and came upon that she was neither at her grandmother’s or father’s place.
“An intensive search began for the lacking youngster. At about 14: 55, the father, Justin Manele (29), came upon the badly battered and bruised body of Chantelle in a bathroom near the house in Withoogte. She was half-naked and sustained serious head and facial injuries.”
On the same day, the neighborhood caught the man and assaulted him.
Police attended to a complaint of mob justice and managed to take the suspect away for his bear safety.
“At the time, the man was now now not charged for the spoil and rape however DNA was taken and despatched to the Laboratory for analysis.”
Naidu said the man would appear in the Gqeberha Magistrate’s court on Monday, 2 August 2021 for spoil and rape, as smartly as for another rape case that occurred in November 2018.
“The man was released for the latter rape on bail, and after some court appearances, he failed to appear in court. A warrant for his arrest was issued. On the other hand, he evaded police arrest several instances.”