A Mozambique man who pleaded guilty for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl has told the Magistrate in Mpumalanga that he barely put his penis on the genitals while playing husband and wife with her.

“I only played with the six-year-old girl at my shack in Bhuga Trust. I was only playing with her as husband and she as my wife,” the 60-year-old, from Bhuga Trust near White River, told the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday.

“I never did anything but only rubbed my private part on her private parts. It was only a game,” he said.

The man was arrested in July after the child’s family laid charges against him for sexually assaulting two girls, the six-year-old and two-year-old.

The Magistrate asked if it allowed in Mozambique for elderly people to rub their genitals against children.

“It is regarded as an offence. I also know that it is wrong and punishable by law,” he said.

“But we were just playing a game. I never meant to do anything further to her. She is related to my wife’s family,” he said.

The magistrate told him that if found guilty of sexual assault, that he is to face a sentence of life imprisonment.

“I plead guilty. It would be up to the court to decide for my fate on the matter. There is nothing that I can do to stop you,” he told her.

Joubert ordered that the man be examined mentally before proceeding  with his trial. He replied that he was not mentally sick.

“I have never been treated for a mental illness before. I was only treated for a stomach ache. I was only given pills,” he said.

The magistrate ordered that he remained in custody until his next appearance.