by Isi Esene
A serial offender in Johannesburg has been accused of raping a 94-year-old grandmother in her home in KwaSwayimane, Johannesburg, South Africa.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the suspect was one of the prisoners who benefited from the special state pardon recently granted by President Jacob Zuma.
There has been a nationwide outcry over the president’s decision to release 44,985 prisoners under this programme despite been aware that the last one was grossly abused.
In the 2005 special remission programme, 157 former prisoners re-offended and had to be thrown back in jail.
Mnikelwa Nxele of the KwaZulu-Natal Correctional Services, confirmed that the suspect was recently released in June under the presidential initiative.
An officer of the South African Police Service (SAPS), Vincent Mdunge, confirmed to the press yesterday that the suspect has appeared at the New Hanover Magistrate Court on charges of rape.
He was described as an “habitual offender” who had earlier been declared wanted for his part in an armed robbery case before the rape incident.
Nxele said the alleged rape was “regrettable and sad”.
Statistics reveal that a woman is raped every 26 seconds in the former apartheid country.
It is almost certain that the alleged rapist won’t be getting pardons from the state any time soon.