Two men have been jailed for rape after they slept with a 12-year-old Grade Seven girl with one of them claiming he thought she was of his age because of her “big body”.
The rape came to light after the girl’s aunt asked her to write down a prayer request during their evening prayer session. The girl then asked God to heal wounds on her private parts, prompting the aunt to quiz her until she revealed that she had sex with two men whom she said were her boyfriends.
Hwange regional magistrate Dambudzo Malunga heard that Tonderai Mlambo, 18, of E22 Makwika Village in Hwange proposed love to the Grade Seven girl in February this year while Zhanda Mumpande, 26, did the same in August.
Each of the two men had sex with the girl during that period.
Mlambo, who is a tout, pleaded not guilty to one count of rape saying he assumed the girl was the same age with him since “she had a big body”.
Mumpande was charged with two counts of raping the same girl and sentenced to 12 years but will serve 10 after two were suspended.
Prosecutors said at law the girl isn’t capable of consenting to sex nor does she understand the nature of such an activity. Responding to an appeal for mercy, the magistrate said “my hands are tied by the law”.
Prosecutor Bhekimpilo Tshabalala said Mlambo had sex with the girl at his place of residence while Mumpande had sex with her at his workplace at Hwange Colliery Company.
Mumpande, who had sex with the girl on two occasions at his workplace in August after inviting her, claimed the girl forced him into sex.