Patient Sibanda, Chronicle reporter
A 45-YEAR-OLD man from Mazwi village on the outskirts of Bulawayo has been arrested for allegedly fondling the breasts and buttocks of his two orphaned nieces who had visited him during the holiday from a children’s home where they live.
Dumisani Masango was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly indecently assaulting his nieces aged 16 and 13 who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The man’s victims live at a children’s home and the incident occurred when the suspect’s wife was away.
Bulawayo metropolitan province police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said Masango was arrested for indecent assault.
“I confirm that we’ve arrested a 45-year-old man for fondling breasts and buttocks of his two nieces. He will soon appear in court,” said Insp Simango.
A member of Mazwi village neighbourhood watch committee, Dumisani Mlalazi, claimed that the man had also raped his wife’s younger sister, but the matter was being swept under the carpet.
Police said they had only received a complaint in connection with the indecent assault.
Mlalazi said the family had not wanted the matter to be reported to the police, but he apprehended the suspect.
“His nieces told me that he fondled their breasts and buttocks after raping her wife’s young sister. His nieces cried as they narrated the story to me and they requested to go back to the children’s home where they stay. The family wanted to keep this issue under the carpet as they have sent away his wife’s young sister who was raped by him,” said Mlalazi.
He said Masango told him that he was playing with his nieces when he fondled their breasts and buttocks.
A neighbour, Ncedisani Mpofu, said the children came to her home at night crying and they told her that their uncle was fondling their buttocks and breasts.