A nine-year-old girl was saved from the clutches of a 16-year-old alleged would-be rapist by a construction worker…

The incident happened in Alexandra on Tuesday afternoon.

Three young girls who had been playing at the Juskei Park approached construction worker Thabo Maeteletja. They told him that their friend had been taken by an older boy and asked Maeteletja for help. When Maeteletja ran after the culprit, other teenagers joined the chase.

The child snatcher was caught as he was allegedly trying to rape his victim. He then fled to a nearby school and hid in a classroom where he was later found.

Maeteletja told an eNCA reporter that he felt compelled to protect the little girl.

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“How can this person rape or attempt to rape a child, a child that’s old enough to be my daughter?”



When community members got wind of the incident, they pounced on the perpetrator and assaulted him.

Police rescued the suspect. He is under police guard in hospital.

This attack comes just days after an Eastern Cape woman was granted bail for allegedly killing the man who attempted to rape her one-year-old niece.

The court heard that the 23-year-old woman had caught the man with his pants down, standing over her niece in the family’s kraal.

In the scuffle that ensued, the woman is said to have grabbed a metal rod and fatally injured the attacker.

Back in 2017, another Eastern Cape woman earned the name “Lion Mama” after she stabbed the three men she had found raping her daughter. One of them later died.

The two surviving men were convicted of rape and sentenced to 25 years in jail.

Crackdown on GBV

On Wednesday during his address about the move to lockdown level 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “Violence against women and children has continued unabated during the period of the pandemic.”

Ramaphosa explained that using the latest available data, government had “identified 30 hotspots around the country where the problem is rife.”

Government plans to improve support services for survivors.

“This includes the rollout of an integrated and multidisciplinary model that incorporates psycho-social support, case investigation, housing services and economic empowerment for survivors under one roof.”

He urged the public: “Let us spare no effort to eradicate the problem of violence against women and children.”

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