Gang holds women for sex and ransom

2012-09-27 00:00

A WOMAN from Nkandla was rescued by police yesterday after escaping from a container in which she and 11 other abucted women had been held and raped.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the woman was taken to a bank in Pinetown by her captors.

She was supposed to withdraw the ransom which her family had deposited.

Her captors managed to escape from the police.

The woman said she was one of 12 women who had been kidnapped and kept in a container in an unknown place in the province.

The women told the police that one of the women in the container, who had tried to fight her rapists, was shot dead.

She said 10 of the women were still being held captive in the container and raped daily.

Mdunge said the woman related how she had gone to Eshowe to do shopping when she was forced into a white taxi with four men and the driver inside.

After a short while, the taxi left the rank and on the way, they picked up another woman, said Mdunge.

Instead of taking the usual route, they took the road towards Empangeni and drove into sugar cane fields.

The women were left there with four of the men and were repeatedly raped for hours.

The woman alleged that after being raped in the sugar cane fields, they were taken in a black Toyota Corolla to a house with no windows or ventilation, where they were raped again.

While they were in the house, the other woman tried to fight back, and was shot and killed.

The woman told the police she was locked in a container with four other women.

“They were kept in the container and only fed once a day before being raped by the four men,” he said.

The men also demanded ransoms from their families.

The rescued woman said that on Tuesday six more women were brought to the container.

Anyone with information is asked to call Captain Ngobese at 078 668 1342 or Captain Mbambo at 083 737 0123.

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