Teens attacked on beach

2011-10-06 00:00

A TEENAGE girl was gang-raped and her friend stabbed repeatedly at Zinkwazi beach on the North Coast on Tuesday.

The boy (17) and the 16-year-old girl were apparently on holiday from Pretoria at their family’s holiday home not far from the scene of the crime. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the young couple were strolling along the beach at around 1 pm and passed a group of boys who appeared to be playing soccer when they were accosted.

“The group of three boys, armed with knives, then surrounded the couple and demanded their belongings.

“They tied them up and in a scuffle to free himself they stabbed the young boy in his leg,” he said.

The suspects apparently used the couple’s beach towels and bag straps to tie them up. Reliable sources said the gang then dragged the girl down the beach and into nearby sugar cane fields where they took turns to rape her. Meanwhile, the boy broke a bottle from which the suspects had been drinking and managed to cut himself loose.

Seriously wounded, he reportedly ran in the direction the suspects had taken the girl, but realised there was no hope and then ran to alert the Prince’s Grant security.

The search began and the girl was found an hour and a half later by a local farmer and rushed by paramedics to Alberlito hospital, where she was treated and discharged.

The boy was treated for serious stab wounds to his thigh and stomach. Mdunge said three cases of rape and attempted murder have been opened. “We are urging people to avoid isolated areas regardless of what time it is. This was clearly an opportunistic crime,” he said.

Sapa reported that police arres­ted two men yesterday in connection with the gang-rape.

Mdunge said the two were arres­ted in KwaDukuza.

A third suspect is still being sought.

• rowan.sewchurran@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.