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A 63 YEAR-OLD Chimanimani granny foiled a rape attempt by wrestling her 20 year-old attacker, forcing him to abort his vile mission, instead robbing her of $12 in cash and a solar light before.

Police confirmed the incident, saying they have since launched a manhunt for Mac Sithole who is from Masungise village under Chief Mutambara.

ZRP Manicaland spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Muzondiwa Clean, said Sithole allegedly approached the granny’s homestead covering himself with a blanket and knocked at the bedroom door but did not get any response.

He then forcibly opened the door, got inside the house and grabbed the granny, pinning her down with the intention of raping her.

According to the police, the pair wrestled furiously with Sithole allegedly tearing off the elderly woman’s pants.

He however failed to overpower her and decided to abort his mission.

Sensing danger, Sithole is said to have left the granny lying on the floor. He demanded $20 but was only given $12 and went on to steal a solar light before vanishing into the night.

“We are looking for the suspect and anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the nearest police station,” said Assistant Inspector Clean.

Cases of elderly people being raped are on increase in the Chipinge and Chimanimani areas of Manicaland province.

Police have attributed the spike to ritual beliefs that if one sleeps with an old woman they could be cured of certain ailments such as HIV or cancer or get rich.

Traditional healers have been fingered as major “perpetrators” of such vile attacks.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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