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Cape Town – Sihle* did not report to police for three days an attempt to rape her because she could not afford to get to the nearest police station, 120km away.
Hers is one of many rape cases left uninvestigated because of a shortage of police in the Eastern Cape district where she lives.
Nineteen-year-old Sihle told GroundUp that the 17-year-old boy from her village in Uitkyk, Mhlanga village, had got into her house through a window.
She had screamed and her mother had grabbed the boy.
“I used a spray my father gave us when he went to Johannesburg for work. He cried, calling my mother to forgive him as she was beating him with pots. As I switched on the lights he escaped, but I saw his face,” said Sihle....
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