Driving lesson becomes rape ordeal
Janice Keogh, Beeld
Johannesburg - Five men attacked and robbed a 19-year-old woman and her grandfather during a driving lesson on the West Rand over the weekend.
The woman was repeatedly raped and their car was stolen.
The grandfather was teaching the woman to drive on quiet roads in the Randfontein vicinity on Saturday afternoon when they were attacked.
Police spokesperson Captain Mosotho Phaahla said three of the men raped her and she was hit on the head with a rock.
A cellphone, wallet and watch were stolen before the men drove off in their car. Police found the car but not the rest of their possessions. No one has been arrested yet.
The woman and her grandfather walked in the direction of Randfontein after the attack. A man in a yellow bakkie gave them a ride to Uncle Harry’s Roadhouse in Main Road. Here the grandfather told the owner’s wife, Jean Pappas, what had happened.
“They were in tears and badly traumatised,” said owner Jimmy Pappas on Sunday. Their hair was messed up and there was blood on their clothes. He described the young woman as a “petite victim from a good family”.
The grandfather called family members and they were taken to hospital.
Phaahla said they were discharged that same day.
“It was a nice thing that her grandfather wanted to do, to teach her to drive. Now neither of their lives will ever be the same again,” said Pappas.