Jogger raped two metres from passing traffic

2015-06-15 09:54

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Pietermaritzburg - The quiet community of Howick in the KZN Midlands is reeling after a jogger was hauled from the road and raped at knifepoint - just two metres from the Curry’s Post Road at the weekend.

The hunt is now on for the woman’s attacker, who had tackled her into a roadside ditch less than a kilometre from her home.

She watched helplessly as cars drove passed while she was raped. When he was done, he also took her watch, tracksuit and shoes.

South African Community Action Network head Brian Jones said that the woman, an acclaimed business leader, had been visiting her parents in Howick over the long weekend. 

“She goes running every day and decided to go for a hill run up the Curry’s Post Road. She ran to the Tweedie turn-off and then turned back and when she was less than 500m from Main Road, she was rugby tackled into a ditch by a man,” he said.

“He held her arms and upper body while pulling her into the thick long grass on the side of the road. She was pinned down and it was a full on attack and rape at knifepoint. It was so out of the blue and from nowhere that it could not be prevented. This was done by a criminal who is a predator of nature and who was absolutely calculating,” Jones added.

‘She could see the traffic’

He said that throughout the rape, she could see the traffic passing on the main arterial road while in the ditch, hidden from view by long grass.

“She could hear and see the cars coming past her throughout the entire ordeal.”

“Whether she had pepper spray or a gun; nothing would have made a difference. She thought she was going to die and she complied and did everything he demanded so she could save her life. With her making on-the-move decisions, she deescalated the incident and survived it as terrible as it was,” he said.

Jones said that the investigation into the rape was progressing at a steady pace.

“From our perspective we are desperately trying to keep the victim’s identity concealed not only for her safety but for her dignity here. She is highly placed in her career and is a well-educated woman. She has travelled the world and worked in the corporate sphere. She is still coming to terms with what she went through and her family has rallied around her.”

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that the woman’s watch, tracksuit and shoes were also stolen in the attack, and that no arrest had yet been made.

If anyone has any information, please contact SACAN on 0861672226 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

View a map below of where the incident took place:

The map below shows the plantations surrounding the town that are popular with hikers and joggers:

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