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Johannesburg - She knelt down and and pleaded and prayed not to be raped.
But the 17-year-old’s plea was ignored by her alleged rapist, a man she referred to as “her uncle”.
According to the teen’s cousin, who cannot be named to protect the girl’s identity, the man had approached the girl to cook pap for him at his house on Sunday evening.
Without any hesitation, the girl’s grandmother gave permission as they were close family friends with the alleged rapist’s family.
When the teenager arrived at the man’s house in White City Jabavu, Soweto, he is alleged to have locked the house and raped her. As she fought back, he allegedly throttled her with his belt.
He then accompanied the girl back home.
“She was not herself when they came back, her eyes were full of tears. She broke the news after he left,” said the girl’s cousin.
The man, meanwhile, had told the family that the girl was brought to tears by a group of thugs who attacked them while they were walking back to the girl’s home.
On Wednesday, enraged residents converged on the man’s house - just two away from his alleged victim’s home - baying for his blood.
Hoisting placards saying “Don’t abuse our kids” and “Stop rape”, the residents had planned to burn the man’s house down.
But when he saw the mob approaching, the 33-year-old fled through the back door. Police called to the scene managed to contain the situation.
Residents claimed to have seen the man walking around his yard on Monday and Tuesday and that, they said, brought them to boiling point as his “victim” was now a prisoner at a place of safety.
The girl, who is undergoing counselling, was taken to a place of safety on Wednesday.
“We are devastated by the rape, we never thought this could happen,” said the victim’s cousin.
“She grew up in front of him, referring to him as her uncle. This has broken the relationship between both families.”
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said no arrest had been made. A rape case had been opened at Moroka police station.