at 2:28 PM on 4th February 2011
A woman who desperately wanted to be a grandmother was arrested after allegedly arranging for her daughter to be raped.
The 51-year-old South African mother has appeared in court after being accused of employing a local man to carry out the attack in the hope that her 24-year-old daughter would conceive.
Both the woman and the alleged attacker were arrested when the victim reported the plot to police after she was raped on Sunday near her home in South Africa's Limpopo province.
A police spokesman today said investigating officers had been sickened by the alleged scheme.
He said: 'This young woman was raped and it appears her attacker had been set up to commit the crime by her own mother.
'She was desperate to be a grandmother but her daughter was not showing any signs of wanting a baby.
'That is when she decided to arrange for a man to make her pregnant against her wishes.
'The attack happened on Sunday. The mother and the rapist were arrested the same day.'
The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter, appeared before magistrates yesterday to face a charge of being an accomplice to a rape.
She stood in the dock alongside Finus Fetnadi, 33, the man accused of committing the attack.
Police said they believed the mother had enquired within the community to find a man willing to commit the crime.
It is not known whether she offered a financial reward to the man but police believe she identified her daughter as the intended victim.
She then allegedly ordered Fetnadi not to use a condom during the assault, which happened at the village of River Cross near Burgersfort, around 250 miles north east of Johannesburg.
Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said the incident had devastated the woman's daughter and community.
He added: 'The poor girl must now wait to see if she has conceived a child as a result of the attack.
'Meanwhile she knows her own mother was responsible.
'Those who known them in the village can hardly believe what has happened.' The two suspects were yesterday remanded in custody.
They are due to reappear in court on February 17.