Police in Vhulaudzi in Vhembe district in Limpopo are appealing or information that could lead to the arrest of a man who allegedly raped an eleven-year-old child in his house on two occasions in February and March before disappearing.

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Limpopo police spokesman in a statement said that the suspect had on both occasions allegedly called the child and sent her to the nearby shop.

Mojapelo said preliminary investigations pointed to a neighbour believed to be a foreign national but “follow up probes could not yield any positive results as he has apparently disappeared from the area”.

He added that “The police are calling on someone called Belamine or Eshrom to avail himself to the nearest police station as it is believed he might be able to assist in ongoing investigations”.

Last year, a 34-year-old Limpopo man was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Mankweng regional court after he was convicted of raping a 10-year-old child.

The rapist was the victim’s neighbour who frequently visited her home. He was at his homestead when the victim was sent to a shop in March 2019 but disappeared as soon as the young girl left on her errand.

A medical examination confirmed the sexual assault. The child revealed this was the third time the man had raped her.