9 held in Free State for abductions

2013-10-24 21:35

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Johannesburg - Nine men were arrested on Thursday for the abduction, torture and assault of two youths in Kwaggafontein, outside Bloemfontein, Free State police said.

The youths, aged 15 and 16, told police on Tuesday that they were kidnapped on 17 October and held against their will for 22-hours, said police spokesperson Chaka Marope.

The police believed an employee of a company which sold concrete suspected that the two had stolen his cellphone and clothing.

"On Thursday, 17 October, at approximately 09:00, he mobilised his co-workers and apprehended [them] at their parental home."

The youths claimed they were taken to the company's premises, where they were punched, beaten and forced to smoke dagga and drink beer.

They told the police the men hit their heads with a hammer, poured ice-cold water on them and gave them electric shocks.

"They were given a bottle of Vaseline and forced to have sexual intercourse with each other in the full view of the suspects," Marope said, adding that some of them filmed the crime with their cellphones.

"The victim's ordeal and degrading inhumane punishment lasted until the following day, when they were released at around 11:00," Marope said.

"Due to the grievous bodily injuries they suffered, they spent three days under medical treatment at home."

Marope said members of the Family Violence, Sexual Offences and Child Protection Unit had worked tirelessly to secure the arrests.

The men, aged between 22 and 47, would appear soon in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on charges including kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

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