‘I bit him until he stopped raping me’

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By Mpume Madlala

KwaZulu-Natal - A 63-year-old partially blind woman has told how she had bitten a young man who was raping her to make him stop.

“I bit him until he stopped raping me,” said the woman, who is from Bhamshela, near KwaDukuza, on Tuesday.

She was raped in her house on Sunday. The 22-year-old suspect, who lived in the same area, was arrested on Monday, and knelt before her to apologise, she said.

Police spokesman Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the suspect had been charged and was expected to make his first appearance in court this week.

In the past three months, six elderly women have been raped in the province. The latest victim said she had got into bed at about 8pm on Sunday when she heard a noise by the window.

“The next thing I knew was that there was this boy on top of me,” she said. “He asked me for money and I told him that I did not have any. He told me if I did not give him anything, he would hurt me.”

Fearing for her life, the woman said she pulled her last R50 from her head scarf that she was wearing, and gave it to him.

“I thought he would leave, but he then told me to open my legs, but I refused. He then forced them open and that is when he raped me,” she said. “I did not want to let him win, so I kept on biting him until he stopped raping me and left through the window.”

After her ordeal, the woman said she went to her neighbour’s house for help and the police were called. Because she was partially blind, she said she did not see the assailant’s face, but saw his shorts and the shape of his head and gave the description to the police. On Monday morning the police arrested a suspect.

“He came to me with the police, knelt down and said he was sorry,” she said. “He violated me in a very bad way.”

The woman, who lives alone, said she was trying to find a companion to live with her, for safety reasons. “I love my home and will not let him chase me out of it,” she said.

A local community leader, Jabulani Mbanjwa, said:

“I don’t know what is happening to our people. We are doing all we can to get her all the help that she needs, and counselling after the rape.”

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