Gunman rapes teen mother

2011-03-08 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG grandmother told yesterday of the ordeal she and her teenage daughter endured at the hands of a rapist at the weekend.

The South African Red Cross community worker’s 18-year-old daughter, who has a newborn baby, was raped at gunpoint in their low-cost house on Saturday night.

The mother (48), who cannot be named to protect the identity of the rape victim, said the attacker kept threatening to “spill blood” if any of them screamed for help.

She takes care of the sick and elderly in her neighbourhood outside Imbali.

She told The Witness, “He kept on yelling, ‘Listen here, woman, don’t to try to move or make a noise because that would result in blood spilling, which is something I don’t want to happen.

“But if you force me to do it, I will do it!’”

Her son’s two-year-old twins and the her daughter’s two-week-old child were present during the rape.

The woman said they had just fallen asleep at about midnight when they were awoken by a stranger next to their bed.

“At first I thought I was having a nightmare when I heard the man’s voice threatening my daughter.

“It was only when my daughter woke me that I realised that there was an armed man in the house.”

“The man demanded that we hand him cellphones and money.

“We did not have money, so I gave him two Nokias belonging to my daughter and me. He then forced me to lie on the bed and cover my head with the blanket.”

Then she heard the man telling her daughter to take off all her clothes.

“He then raped her. I peeped and saw that he had placed the firearm against her head. My daughter was crying, but he kept on saying she should keep quiet.”

After the rape the man insisted that they give him money. Then he ransacked the house.

“He said that if he finds the money himself there will be a spilling of blood.

“The rapist even helped me to fix the bed when he saw that I was shivering and couldn’t do anything.

“He then drank water and lit a cigarette before he left.

“And then he demanded that I close the door and window, which he had used to come in.

“I’m so scared that he might come back for us. I don’t feel safe in this house,” the woman said.

The rape victim was taken to Northdale Hospital for a check-up on Sunday morning.

The family are sleeping at a relative’s house while they try to cope with the trauma.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan has appealed to anyone with information about the incident to call Warrant Officer Bheki Langa at 033 845 7724 or 078 712 4199. Callers who want to remain anonymous should phone Crime Stop toll-free at 08600 10111.

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