Howick jogger dragged into bush and raped at knife-point

2015-06-15 11:33
The Curry’s Post Road where a woman was raped while jogging at 8.30?am on Saturday.

The Curry’s Post Road where a woman was raped while jogging at 8.30?am on Saturday. (Jonathan Burton)

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THE rape of a “strong and highly intelligent” woman on her morning jog has sent shock waves through the Howick community., but at the same time unified them to help the victim.

The incident occurred on Curry’s Post Road between Protea Gardens and the landfill site at 8.30 am on Saturday morning.

The 37-year-old woman was accosted by a suspect who dragged her into bush just 2,5 metres away from a busy urban road, at knife-point, where she was raped.

Brian Jones of SA CAN, who was one of the first to tend to the woman after the incident was reported, was acting as spokesperson for the family yesterday

He said that the victim reported having heard cars driving past while she was being raped.

“She is a very strong woman and she is handling the situation very well. Fearing she could be murdered if she didn’t comply, she was forced into bush. She said that she screamed for help, but no one driving past could hear her,” he said.

The victim was found minutes later by a passerby who took her in a vehicle and contacted various emergency services to assist the woman.

Jones said that the woman, whose identity is being withheld, was very energetic and had accomplished many feats in her life.

He called the incident purely opportunistic, but while it was a tragedy which stunned the community, the incident showed how well teamwork played a role in assisting the victim.

“Various teams including security services, the SAPS, locally and provincially, as well as community members, investigations teams, community policing forums and other role players have done an outstanding job. The whole process worked has been done like clockwork, from the time the incident occurred when the woman was picked up, every resource that was needed was made available. Everyone pitched in,” he said.

The incident iseerily similar to a rape whichthat took place in the upmarket Clarendon suburb, in November 2013. A prominent Pietermaritzburg doctorhad to crawl to seek help after she was dragged into cover and raped.

The doctor had been out jogging and had stopped to tie her shoelace., when she was grabbed by her neck and dragged into the nearby bushes

Shortly before an identikit was to be circulated by police, the woman chose not to pursue the case.

“This kind of incident isdefinitely a wake-up callfor a community for people to join community policing forums and get more involved in their communities, because when we work as a team the results we can achieve are amazing,” Jones said.

Although involved in investigations, the police could not comment at the time of going to press

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