Probe into doctor's rape on hold

2013-12-03 12:13
Villiers Drive in Pietermaritzburg. (Jonathan Burton, The Witness)

Villiers Drive in Pietermaritzburg. (Jonathan Burton, The Witness)

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Niyanta Singh, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - The police investigation into the rape of a Pietermaritzburg doctor has ground to a halt.

The doctor, who has since returned to her family home in Durban, has indicated that she will not be making a statement or pursuing the matter.

A police source said it was imperative to speak to the doctor to gather information to draw up an identikit.

This identikit would then be circulated.


“While we understand the trauma the doctor is going through, it is important for us to have her statement. She has since refused to speak with us. We need to get the perpetrator off the street so another person does not fall victim. Nonetheless, we will continue with our investigation,” said the police source.

On 11 November, the doctor was found slumped against a gate on Villiers Drive, whimpering for help, saying she had been raped.

She had been out jogging in the morning and had stopped to tie her shoelace, when she was grabbed by her neck and dragged into the nearby bushes. After her terrifying ordeal, the doctor managed to crawl up the bank, where she was found by a fellow jogger.

The incident caused the community to swing into action to protect its members who walk or jog in the morning. An awareness run was held by the Red Socks movement and several walking and running groups have been formed.

Wake-up call

Community member Margie Henderson, who was instrumental in much of the community effort, said while the doctor had her way of dealing with the tragedy, the community would continue with their attempt to make the streets safer.

“While the event was a tragedy in the doctor’s life, it has served as a wake-up call for us. We will continue to make our streets safer. It has taken an unfortunate incident for our community to realise that together we are stronger and can fight back, so that is what we will do,” said Henderson.

This week, self-defence instructor Mandy Tyrer will make good on her offer of self-defence lessons to the women in the area in lieu of a donation to the Jess Foord foundation.

The self-defence session will take place at the Aqua Bodyworks from 09:00 on Saturday.

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