‘Ten gangsters’ commit gang rape in Free State – police launch manhunt

A 21-year-old woman was allegedly raped by 10 “gangsters” over two consecutive days at the end of January. The police have already arrested three suspects in connection with the incident but the remaining suspects are still at large.

THREE GANG RAPE SUSPECTS APPREHENDED BY POLICE

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in the Free State, Captain Stephen Thakeng, said the victim entered her residence – a rented room in Meloding – at approximately 22:00 on 28 January.

Immediately after she entered, 10 known men, including her boyfriend, came into the room armed with knives.

“They took turns in raping her and the same suspects came the following day on 29 January 2022 at 20:00,” said the police spokesperson.

The suspects sexually assaulted the victim again on the 29th.

A rape case was opened by the Lejweleputswa District FCS and an intelligence-driven operation led to arrests on Tuesday, 8 February.

Members of the Welkom Public Order Policing Reaction Team and Crime Intelligence tracked down three suspects – aged 25, 29 and 30 – and apprehended them for the rape.

A manhunt for the seven other suspects is underway. The alleged rapists are expected to appear before the Virginia Magistrate’s Court imminently.

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