Robbery, rape suspects arrested

2014-07-10 00:00

POLICE and a private security company made a breakthrough when two suspects were arrested for the alleged robbery and gang-rape of a teacher in Mid Illovo on Monday.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that on the night of June 5 a woman was allegedly raped and robbed by two men.

“A case of rape was opened at Mid Illovo and it was transferred to Plessislaer Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for investigation,” he said.

Zwane said two suspects aged 36 were arrested and charged for rape.

They appeared in Richmond Magistrate’s Court yesterday, he said.

Zwane said one of the suspects was found wearing takkies belonging to the victim at the time of the arrest and the items stolen from the woman were also recovered.

Shaheen Suleiman from Magma Investigations said they were happy to assist in ensuring that the suspects were behind bars.

“The woman went to bed around 7 pm leaving her front door unlocked as she was expecting a visitor,” he said.

Suleiman said after the men fled, the woman had screamed for help and farmers came to her rescue and called the police.

“When we were called, we got our network of informers in action and in a tireless effort, together with the Plessislaer FCS Unit, we managed to arrest suspects in Mid Illovo on Tuesday,” Suleiman said.

He said the men were from Umbumbulu, 25 km from the crime scene.

As soon as they were told about the incident they worked around the clock to bring the suspects to book.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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