A depraved 64-year-old Gwanda man was arrested after he allegedly raped his two granddaughters aged 11 and 13-years-old.
The man, from Mlowizi Village, who cannot be named for ethical reasons, raped his two grandchildren on several occasions last year.
He was not asked to plead when he appeared before Gwanda magistrate, Miss Lerato Nyathi facing two counts of rape, The Chronicle reports
He was remanded in custody to June 22.
It is in the State’s case that on a date unknown to the prosecutor during the period extending from January to September 2020, the accused person was alone with the complainants while their grandmother had gone to attend a funeral.
He called the first complainant who was playing outside with her sister into his bedroom and she complied.
The court heard that the accused told the victim that she was now a grown-up and he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her but she refused.
The accused reportedly grabbed the complainant and pushed her onto the bed and raped her. After he was done, he gave her some sweets in order to stop her from crying and warned her against reporting the matter and she remained quiet.
It is further alleged that on another day during the same period, the accused person was alone at home with the complainants when he called the second complainant into his bedroom and raped her, and threatened her against reporting the matter to anyone.
The accused person allegedly went on to rape the complainants on several occasions while their grandmother was not around.
The matter came to light in October last year when the complainant’s mother arrived from South Africa and they revealed to her what their grandfather had done to them.
The matter was reported to the police resulting in his arrest.