A 37-year-old man who allegedly raped his 13-year-old daughter at Masoyi village near White river in Mpumalanga is expected to appear before the Kabokweni Magistrates Court on Thursday.

It is alleged the suspect forcefully undressed his daughter and raped her in the presence of her step mother at their home.

According to police, the suspect allegedly called the victim into the bedroom and instructed her to undress and the victim refused and ran out of the house.

The father then allegedly followed her, grabbed her back into the house, forcefully undressed her and forced himself on her.

Mpumalanga Police Spokesperson Leonard Hlathi says this is the third recent case of a biological father allegedly raping his daughter.

Victims urged to report cases within 72 hours

Sexual victims have been urged to report their cases to the police within 72 hours.

The Greater Rape Intervention Program (GRIP) in Mpumalanga urges reporting within that time frame in order to receive medication that prevents infection of HIV/AIDS.

Cases of gender-based violence have surged in South Africa since the beginning of lockdown.

Most victims have either been raped or suffered domestic violence.

GRIP has various centres around Mpumalanga to support and keep victims safe.

In the video below, a shelter in Bloemfontein raises concerns over lack of support and funding:

The Infographic below gives guidelines on how to report rape: