Row over textbook gives away family’s five-year-old rape secret

BULAWAYO – An argument over a textbook by a 13-year-old rape victim and a schoolmate has inadvertently given away a rape incident which had been kept under wraps by a Bulawayo family.

Thamsanqa Nsingo, 20, of Nkulumane suburb in Bulawayo was sentenced to six years imprisonment after he was convicted for raping his then 8-year-old cousin in 2015.

Nsingo was 15 when he committed the crime.

Court heard during trial that on the 21st of April 2018, and at house in Nkulumane, the complainant was playing with her male cousins in one of the bedrooms.

She got into the blankets and was followed by Nsingo, who went on to undress and rape her.

One of the cousins who witnessed the incident reported it to Nsingo’s father.

Nsingo was beaten with a belt as a form of discipline by his father before the case was talked about and resolved within the family.

Court heard that in December last year, the girl confided in her friend that she was once raped by her cousin when she was in Grade 2.

The crime fortuitously came to light when the girl was involved in an argument with her friend who, in an apparent attempt to spite her, revealed the now teenager was once raped.

The class teacher referred the case to the school’s guidance and counselling teacher, who proceeded to report the matter to the police.

In his ruling, Magistrate Mabeza said Nsingo had committed a bad crime.

In reaching sentence, Mabeza said he put into consideration that Nsingo was a first-time offender who had aided the administration of justice by pleading guilty to the crime.

He also took into considering that Nsingo committed the crime while still younger and immature, hence prone to peer pressure.

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