Pregnant woman raped

2013-10-07 22:28

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Mbombela - A pregnant woman and her colleague were raped and robbed at a guesthouse in Hazyview, Mpumalanga.

A Sapa correspondent reported that the 32-year-old, who is five months pregnant, and her 23-year-old co-worker, 23, from Pretoria, were attacked by two armed men at the Tatenda Guest House around 03:00 on Sunday.

“Two men broke through the security gate and gained entry to the room, after which time they raped the two ladies and took valuables including cellphones, jewellery and laptops," guest house manager Christel Mathee said on Monday.

"I escorted the ladies to the hospital. They were very traumatised, the whole town is in shock."

The Hazyview area has been plagued by violent crime in the past few years.

Last week, three masked men armed with a shotgun and two pistols reportedly attacked 108 pupils and 10 teachers from Laerskool Hennopspark in Centurion, Pretoria.

The children, who represented their school choir, stayed at the Aan de Vliet Resort and Guest House. Three teachers were robbed.

Mathee said visible policing in Hazyview had increased since the Aan de Vliet robbery.

Rudi van Niekerk, operations manager for a local security company, said residents and the police relied on informers such as farmers and workers on information regarding the Aan de Vliet robbery.

He said there seemed to be no link between the two incidents.

Police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi said no arrests had been made, and that security around Hazyview has been beefed-up.

“We have more officers stationed in Hazyview, we have a new station commander and branch commander there and have implemented interventions," he said.

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