A 30 year-old man from Eden Park was arrested last week Thursday and will be charged with rape and kidnapping of a 13 year-old, grade 7 teenager from Zuma section in Katlehong.

According to Captain Mega Ndobe, spokesperson of Katlehong South SAPS the teen left her home to play on Friday, 7 April 2017. Her mother had gone to the shopping mall. He said the teen and her mother had been communicating via cellphones and at around 5:30 pm the teen’s cellphone was switched off.

“She did not come back home at around 6 pm as she normally does. Her mother was worried and she came to the police station to open a missing person file. Since there are procedures to be followed before opening a missing file. The file was not opened and the police had to begin with a search for the girl. A missing file was registered on Saturday, 8 April 2017 for investigation,” said Captain Ndobe.

He said on Saturday the girl’s phone was on and off. [Over the phone] it sounded like someone was closing her mouth and denying her to speak. The girl is believed to have phoned her family several times during the weekend.

“On Monday morning, the police found her location by tracking her cell phone; it indicated that the cellphone was operating at Eden Park. We distributed her photos all over Eden Park and neighbouring suburbs. The community of Eden Park also assisted the police in searching for the girl during the day and at night,” he said.

Captain Ndobe said on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 they continued searching the houses in Eden Park and they received information on the whereabouts of the girl. “A girl was found inside a house with a certain man who is a tenant in the house. A person who brought the girl in the house was traced and was found in Krugersdorp where he’s working. It is alleged that the suspect stayed with the girl from Friday and he did not go to work from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until Thursday where he left the girl alone in the house,” he said

He added, “The girl was taken to Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital for check up and the doctor confirmed that she was raped. The suspect was arrested at work and will be charged with rape and kidnapping. He is expected to appear in court soon. We also want to thank the community of Eden Park for assisting the police during the search and investigation.”