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Raped student 'strong and brave'

2011-11-01 10:19

Pretoria - The 22-year-old Tuks student who was stabbed 23 times before being raped and left for dead last week is an “incredibly strong and courageous woman”, one of her doctors says.

“The strength of the Lord is shining through her and her mother,” said Dr Lets Pretorius on Monday after visiting the student in ICU where she was in a stable condition. Eight of her knife wounds were potentially fatal.

Pretorius helped Dr Stefan Rawlins, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and Dr Pieter Coertze, an orthopaedic surgeon, in the lengthy emergency operation on the student following the attack.

The student from Magalieskruin, Pretoria, who was put on antiretroviral treatment following the rape, gave permission to her mother and Pretorius to give details about her injuries.

Pretorius said a neurosurgeon had to help remove the point of the knife blade, which broke off in her skull. “Judging from the stab wounds, I suspect her attacker was left-handed,” he said.

Suspect escapes custody

Meanwhile student constable Mphikeledi Alfred Mahlanga, 39, and Warrant Officer Amos Chris Masilela, 48, appeared in the Pretoria North Regional Court on Monday on charges of defeating the ends of justice and aiding in the escape of the student’s alleged rapist on Friday night.

The two police members apparently took him to the Dr George Mukhari hospital in Ga-Rankuwa in northern Pretoria without handcuffs or shackles after he complained of feeling ill. He then escaped through a toilet window.

According to the charge sheet, the police officials were arrested the same day and later released on a warning.

The matter was postponed for them to obtain legal representation.

Outside court, the two followed Beeld's photographer after he took their picture. They took cellphone pictures of him and his car’s registration number.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said on Monday that an internal investigation had been launched into the incident. Authorities would wait for the result before suspending the men.

Apart from the attack on the student, the alleged rapist is sought for three other rape incidents.

DA councillor and board member of the Sinoville community policing forum, Arnold van Niekerk, visited the student in hospital on Monday and said an example had to be made of the two police officers if it was found that they had not followed police procedure.

Comments
  • Ian - 2011-11-01 10:23

    bastards , cowardly filthy bastards, may the book of revelations visit this scum a trillion fold

      Ann - 2011-11-01 10:31

      This is shocking! May this young girl regain her strength and survive to become a beacon of hope to others who fall prey to dreadful people such as these. As for the SAPS guys - you should be suspended without pay, or in fact fired after behaving in such a negligent manner in such a serious case!

      Amanda - 2011-11-01 11:11

      They have only touched on her injuries. The sicko tried to remove one of her eyes; cut her nose open; cut her lips; almost severed fingers; gouged her legs open; stabbed her in her neck and then raped her. I wish reporters would tell the truth.

  • Rofhiwa - 2011-11-01 10:30

    Find this idiot and give him to me,,,i will hang him by his balls till he dies...

      sundayp1 - 2011-11-01 11:04

      give me a call I will assist without reservations.

  • Karabo - 2011-11-01 10:31

    We apply the blood of Jesus, the blood of healing and restoration on you. May God restore you back to His original creation - beyond healing. We agree with you, in prayer, that this too shall come to pass. You will be made whole.

      Wes - 2011-11-01 10:39

      Powerful and stand in agreement

      Meryl - 2011-11-01 10:45

      Amen and Amen

      Marieta - 2011-11-01 11:01

      Amen !

      Thelma - 2011-11-01 11:23

      Amen!

      Dirk - 2011-11-01 14:13

      The Precious blood can overcome ANYTHING, even this terrible event

      profkaygee - 2011-11-01 14:28

      I am surprised that in this day and age, people still disagree with the power of prayer. Thank you sister Karabo for being a beamer of hope towards the young lady. God is with her today and forever more.

      Jeffrey - 2011-11-01 20:16

      @profkaygee, Well, I'm an atheist and I can't understand why people believe in the power of prayer.

      Mark - 2011-11-01 22:28

      may the Flying Spaghetti Monster touch you with his noodly appendage. R'amen...

      Dirk - 2011-11-02 07:31

      Mark- There is help available for people like you.Grab it with both hands

      isabel.porzio - 2011-11-02 08:58

      Stunning message Karabo!! Thank you!

  • Meryl - 2011-11-01 10:31

    Is this the same sick excuse for a human being that killed a single dad and raped another lady ? To the victim, I am praying for a full recovery for you and that you won't be infected by any of his disgusting viruses. Stay strong

      Theresa - 2011-11-01 11:22

      No, it's not the same guy,but obviously they both have an inhumane streak!

  • Lana-May - 2011-11-01 10:33

    Animals! Barbaric animals!!!! They should be stoned until they are half dead and then acid should be pored over them, and then that will still not be half as bad as what that girl went through!

      tracey.badenhorst - 2011-11-02 13:52

      Umm Lana-May how can you insult animals as far as I know animals don't rape and murder people. so please don't insult innocent animals for mankinds behaviour.

  • Mike - 2011-11-01 10:33

    I assume the victim is white, that why the dirty cops assisted the escapee?

      Lana-May - 2011-11-01 10:37

      You read this story and thats the only thing you can say? Why bring race in to this? Does it matter if the girl was white or black? Idiot...

      Van - 2011-11-01 10:38

      Yip.

      Mike - 2011-11-01 10:43

      @Lana-May you really need to face reality.

      Debbi - 2011-11-01 10:48

      @Mike, you really need to get some empathy. It doesn't matter what colour the victim or perpetrator are - the victim needs our support and teh perpetrator needs to be punished. That's all.

      Lana-May - 2011-11-01 10:50

      Always one idiot that makes all of us look bad...

      Mike - 2011-11-01 10:59

      @Debbi I think you missed my point entirely. How do you deduce that I do not have empathy for the victim? @Lana-May an idiot is one who is not in touch with reality. Like you.

      Warwick - 2011-11-01 12:01

      What I would like to know is what percentage of white men are running around raping and killing on a scale that is close to genocide. Go to any court or holding cell and the majority of violent fellons are black. This is not a race thing but a fact. Thousands of them. The courts and criminal justice system can not keep up with the workload. This is always about race, if the perpetrater is white and the victim black then there is a huge outcry about a racist attack but the other way round then it is always called a criminal attack, any form of crime that involves people of different race or culture should be considered a racist attck

      dylanswanie - 2011-11-01 13:22

      Someone was raped, she could of died, and all you care about is the colour of her skin?! This is not a race issue, take your racial hatred out of here! Do you not recognise that this is affecting a fellow human being? To the girl, i hope that you can pull yourself through this horrid time. God will give you the strength to pull through. Justice will be served in either this life or the next.

      James - 2011-11-01 13:41

      @mike, stop trolling, you know what you're doing.

      Sandra - 2011-11-01 14:39

      Colour doesnt matter here. Those cops and the rapist must be strung up together by the balls. must be strung up by the balls. Still too many bad cops around.

  • Jason - 2011-11-01 10:42

    This is one of my biggest concerns regarding the state of crime in SA, if you want to hijack me, do it...take my watch, cell phone, wallet, but don't shoot me. If you want to break into my house in the middle of the night, go ahead, take everything, but don’t beat me and stab me, while your fellow rubbishes rape my wife and daughters... it's always so overboard with SA criminals. It's bad enough that this young lady was brutally raped, but to still stab her 23 times, that takes someone really twisted. And to put the cherry on the cake, our government does sweet f all to help curb the rate at which these sort of violent crimes are escalating. When will our law enforcers actually start enforcing the law...?

      Van - 2011-11-01 10:54

      They call it deep down hate

      housefrik - 2011-11-01 11:44

      if the law enf0rcer stays in a tight security mansi0n and has 27 b0dy guards enf0rcing the law 0r n0t enf0rcing it matters n0t 2 him in this case

      Braam - 2011-11-01 16:38

      jason. N24 delete my comment because it was hate speach but how can a person not speak of hate in this case, god I will hunt them down and kill them cops included because it was a payoff again..N24 delete this one too thanks

  • John - 2011-11-01 10:46

    What strength this girl has by giving permission for everyone to know the state of her injuries. You go girl and spite the bastard who wanted you dead. Also get better, learn Karate, and knock the you know what out of the Keystone Cops who dealt with your case

  • Paas - 2011-11-01 10:46

    Student constable - getting hands on training on how things are done in the SAPS.

  • Victor - 2011-11-01 10:53

    39 and a student constable. The national commissioner is 38. Wtf!

  • Marion - 2011-11-01 10:55

    I pray that you recover 100% from this vile assault. May your mind heal too so that you can go on, as Alison did, to prove that there is life after something as horrific as this and therefore deny the perpetrator any power over the rest of your life.

  • Zulu - 2011-11-01 11:04

    How many more incidents and proof must there be before our Gov accepts and takes immediate action to improve SAPS? Their handeling of crime scenes is pathetic, and their focus on serious crime is totally limited. We as communities must stand-up and no longer accept such incompetence. No wonder people want to take the law into their own hands.... The had the bastard.....but let him get away!!!

  • Ian - 2011-11-01 11:05

    Dexter Morgan please come visit, we require your services

  • Mark - 2011-11-01 11:13

    This sorry excuse of a scumbag animal should be hung, no mercy whatsoever! So sad, just rid us of these awful terrorists!

  • Helen - 2011-11-01 11:28

    Amanda,it surprises me that the jounalists did not divulge this information,as they do so love sensationalizm. I am horrified at what was done to this poor young lady. Hope they catch the creep soon,then give him over to the parents of the opposite of his race,he should be linched, &left to rot from the nearest tree,but not before he is made to suffer,as this young girl did starting with the removal of that evil tool between his legs then carry on bit by bit a slow lingering death.

      Angus - 2011-11-01 19:32

      The 22-year-old Afrikaner student was 'virtually disected', enduring 22 cuts and stabs by a butcher knife according to medical personnel - and then raped The woman's face, hands and legs were grossly carved up and mutilated. The gruesomely injured woman still managed to drag herself to her garden gate inside the security complex - where a resident heard her whispered 'help me, help me'.This savage ordeal lasted several hours."With time at his disposal the attacker waited for her in her secured apartment, and with a butcher knife stabbed her." He then took the knife and started to dissect her face by cutting open the nose, through the lips and ended under her chin.She fought back fiercely - and he tried to stab out her eye. A deep cut was made from her neck and stopped at her lung. All her fingers were then cut into: her left thumb was carved apart and was just hanging by its senews.Two other fingers' senews were also cut through. He then forced her to the bedroom and made very deep cutting wounds to her legs."After cutting main arteries on her body (22 cuts and stabs in total) she was bleeding copiously, and then he raped her amidsts the bloodbath he had created around her."

  • Narike - 2011-11-01 11:34

    My sincerest condolences to the victim and her family. Bravo for being strong and God bless

  • Jody - 2011-11-01 11:35

    Most of our cops are either really retarded or corrupt. Probably both. Only thing that would actually help our situation in this country is the death penalty. These inhumane bastards get off way too lightly!! If a dog goes crazy and attacks people they put it down, should be the same for these animals!

  • Dawn - 2011-11-01 11:45

    Absolutely disgusting.......and they still havent suspended the policeman. They should be suspended,and sent to prison as an example of what should happen to corrupt police. How is anyone supposed to feel safe in this country when the people who are supposed to help you in your hour of need will do anything for a 'buck'.They should also be charged with harassment after taking cellphone pics and the registration number of the photographer.This was obviously so they can threaten him and his family. I wish only the best for the victim of this horrendous crime....Will we ever be able to trust 'the people' in charge.What a sad place we live in.

  • Mziwandile - 2011-11-01 11:46

    eish!!

  • tcCarla - 2011-11-01 11:52

    I pray for your body to heal, and your heart to be free of hatred. Please do not become a prisoner of what happened to you, use it to become stronger.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-01 11:54

    According to the charge sheet, the police officials were arrested the same day and later released on a warning. FFS they should be fired! You go girl! Show them what you're made of! Bastards! All 3 of them.

  • barbara.pieterse - 2011-11-01 11:55

    God bless you young lady. I pray you make a full recovery and that you see justice done.

  • Paul - 2011-11-01 11:58

    F@#ker !!! WTF !! what a travesty of justice.. Im not one to post comments or get emotional as Iv been so de-sensitised by the lawlessness and violence in this country but this warrants a heartfelt paryer to the victim ( no matter the race ) God help that p*g and I hope those 2 cops have sleepless nights and may the fury of a thousand jungle beasts come down on them!

  • arcticencounter - 2011-11-01 12:14

    I hope her parents and those of the other three alleged rape victims sue the living crap out of the Minister of Police. The blatant savagery these rapists visit upon their hapless victims, is beyond imagination. Rape was punishable by hanging in the previous regime, but since it has been abolished, it has become a national pass time. No-one is safe.

  • Andrew Sheppard - 2011-11-01 12:18

    It's tough when you know the police are criminals to.....sometimes worse!Pigs!!

  • Samora - 2011-11-01 12:25

    just another day in south africa

  • Jenny - 2011-11-01 12:35

    oh no this is shocking !!!!! This is one sick bloody world !!!!

  • Fanie - 2011-11-01 13:27

    I have no words......

  • Bokfan - 2011-11-01 13:37

    Whats with these so called cops? Must be Part of the conscienceless anc criminal infrastructure. Why were they out on a warning does the magistrate not consider this an incredibly serious offence? The racism in this matter is palpable and should be seen as a gross violation of the victim's human rights. BY THE STATE NOGAL. Rape and violence against women are common tools of terror everywhere in the world. to treat it lightly is to infringe on the dignity and security of half our population.

  • Bokfan - 2011-11-01 13:42

    And since when do you have 39 year old student constables. This thing reeks to hell of gangsterism.

  • alan.erwin1 - 2011-11-01 13:52

    I am so sick and tired of this country and its barbaric ways. RAPE – MURDER – VIOLENCE – ROBBERY - HIGH JACKINGS – CORRUPTION – USELESS POLICE – USELESS GOVERNMENT. Then you add the other barbaric ways of some people (so called culture) This country of ours is SICK SICK SICK. Bring back the death penalty and make it in public slow and painful. When are we going to be free to walk the streets and not hide behind electric fences and burglar bars, or not live in fear? You hear them shout “we won our freedom” freedom for what? To have a country like I have listed above or to even do what I have listed above – so sick.

  • willie.vanwyk2 - 2011-11-01 14:52

    Anyone got a picture of this rat!!!!

  • Vic - 2011-11-01 14:58

    Student constable at 39? Zero intelligence to say the least. As for the rapist, let a kangaroo court get a hold of him, and metre out sadistic punishment by removing his genitals, and whatever else may make him suffer. Bastard !

  • Virginia - 2011-11-01 15:10

    To many Friendships amongst Police and criminals in this country.

  • Thulisa - 2011-11-01 15:16

    @Mike and Warwick. I really was not going to comment on this until I saw your comments. As a woman I am sure the trauma of being raped will leave me so ashamed and confused to remember whether the perpetrator was black or white, it will take me long to finally realise and remember. I am sure to this lady the urgency is to heal not the colour of her rapist. I don't think you are being insensitive, I think you are plain right racist. Being a relative of two rape victims, I sincerely hope no one in your families ever experience rape, it's tragic and trust me the colour of the rapist was the last thing in their minds!

  • Lo - 2011-11-01 15:20

    The victim was a white girl. So what you ask? Well if a white man did the following.... "He then took the knife and started to dissect her face by cutting open the nose, through the lips and ended under her chin." ... this "hate crime" would have been international news. If news24 mentioned the race of the victim like Beeld did this comment section would also be closed. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Tukkie-na-Bybel-tyd-verkrag-met-mes-gesteek-20111027 http://mspoliticalcommentary.blogspot.com/2011/10/media-manipulation-of-truth-what-really.html

  • eradingoana - 2011-11-01 15:22

    This was bloody negligence of duty, let them be fired. They were bribed.

  • Jerolan - 2011-11-01 16:26

    Any man that even consider this type of behaviour is not a man. Torture him, because not even the death penalty is a worthy punishment for a vile creature like this. Those cops should be ashamed of themselves. What they did is criminal

  • Terry - 2011-11-01 16:49

    now i ask where is the death penalty

  • Madluphuthu - 2011-11-01 17:09

    We are a violent society. I do not know when will Africans learn. We treat other people as if they are a piece of trash. Just because you have the physical strength over others does not mean that you have to harm them. But rather you have to protect. There is no excuse for this kind of cruelty. We should all be ashamed because of this and hope that one day we will leave in peace free of fear and uncertainty.

  • Madluphuthu - 2011-11-01 17:24

    Sometimes I wonder why News 24 staff gets to delete comments here. Even if they are just simple and straight forward and not in anyway offensive or insultive!

      Shirley - 2011-11-01 17:27

      Youre not alone with that question. I asked the same thing twice this week!

  • Dawn - 2011-11-01 17:49

    why are we still wasting energy and taxpayers money on these oxygen thieves??? 1 x 9mm will do the job so much cheaper!! come on people, how many more women & children have to be raped before we stand up and together as a one and say ENOUGH!!!! they have NO rights, so what are they still doing on our planet?? BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY AND USE IT!

  • Wimpie - 2011-11-01 17:59

    I am reposting LO's links. Check it out. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Tukkie-na-Bybel-tyd-verkrag-met-mes-gesteek-20111027 http://mspoliticalcommentary.blogspot.com/2011/10/media-manipulation-of-truth-what-really.htm

  • ttrevenen - 2011-11-01 18:51

    SICK! SICK! SICK! Why the hell are these two cops not behind bars pending trial? What does release with "a warning" mean? Where is justice? Our police and justice system make a mockery of governments capaign to end abuse against women & children. Where are the ANC politicians voices condeming this attack and the action of the police? Why is it that only oposition parties who object and want answers from the police & government?

  • Nicola - 2011-11-01 19:46

    If these police officers are found negligent and this criminal commits a further crime, the police officers should be charged as well on the grounds of complicity. It is time our CIVIL SERVANTS acknowledge that they are servants of the people and are accountable to them and our SERVANTS need to take responsibility for their actions.

  • lwildenboer - 2011-11-01 20:10

    This an absolute outrageously shocking attack on a young women from our South African community, which we as a collective society have failed to protect from sadistic criminal. It is an incitement of the failure of our political and institutional structures and failed society that event such as these are able to happen. A systematic failure of our society of initially not acting against crimes, escalating to violent crimes escalating to atrocities of this nature. Where are the fathers, sons of the community and the fathers and sons of the state, that should be standing up to protect our women and children. I fear for the future, because we as people are letting things happen to us instead of acting to change what has to be fixed. How far will we need to fall, how may more women and children needs to be maimed until we say enough is enough and make the difficult changes necessary.

  • Lara - 2011-11-01 20:11

    A friend of mine used to be in the security industry. When this happened he pointed out why he is so fanatical about locking his security gates, even if we just come inside after braaiing outside to eat and when he comes outside to see off his guests. I thought it was a bit over the top, but I now understand what he is doing. We need to look after our own safety as well and be paranoid, yes paranoid.

  • lwildenboer - 2011-11-01 20:14

    This an absolute outrageously shocking attack on a young women from our South African community, which we as a collective society have failed to protect from sadistic criminal. It is an incitement of the failure of our political and institutional structures and failed society that event such as these are able to happen. A systematic failure of our society of initially not acting against crimes, escalating to violent crimes escalating to atrocities of this nature. Where are the fathers, sons of the community and the fathers and sons of the state, that should be standing up to protect our women and children. I fear for the future, because we as people are letting things happen to us instead of acting to change what has to be fixed. How far will we need to fall, how may more women and children needs to be maimed until we say enough is enough and make the difficult changes necessary.

  • mabeeden - 2011-11-01 22:39

    This is so horriffic. I feel sick in my stomach thinking of her physical, mental, emotional trauma. May you have a full and complete recovery. And as for the animal on the run. Words fail me.

  • Cherylin - 2011-11-01 22:42

    This is disgusting- unspeakable and punishable by torture and death...quoting someone else:avatar Amanda - November 1, 2011 at 11:11 Report comment They have only touched on her injuries. The sicko tried to remove one of her eyes; cut her nose open; cut her lips; almost severed fingers; gouged her legs open; stabbed her in her neck and then raped her. I wish reporters would tell the truth