Zim 'women rapists' released on bail

2011-10-28 12:38

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Harare - Three Zimbabwean women facing indecent assault charges for sex attacks on male hitchhikers to collect semen for ritual purposes were released on bail, state media said Friday.

"Three women accused of sexually abusing male hitchhikers in search of semen were yesterday [Thursday] granted $300 bail apiece," The Herald newspaper reported on Friday.

Sisters Sophie and Netsai Nhokwara, 26 and 24, and Rosemary Chakwizira, 28, were arrested early this month and charged with committing a string of sexual attacks on men. Thulani Ngwenya, 24, a boyfriend to one of the women, was also charged.

The four were ordered to surrender their passports and report to the police twice a week as part of their bail conditions, The Herald said.

Among the charges the women are facing is that in March this year they allegedly sprayed an anaesthetic substance on a 19-year-old man, after giving him a lift, the prosecution said.

On August 22, they gave a soldier a lift and forced him to have unprotected sex with them after threatening to shoot him, the court heard.

In another case, the trio are said to have stopped next to a police constable, dragged him into their car after pretending to ask for directions and forced him to have sex with them.

The women allegedly used different cars to pick up 14 other men and forced themselves on them. They were arrested when they were involved in a car accident and police found 31 used condoms in the boot of their car.

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