Runner, 60, survives 4 rape attempts

2013-03-23 16:39

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - A runner from the Zulu royal family has survived four attempted rapes by boys young enough to be her grandchildren in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, it was reported on Saturday.

Ntombiyezwi Zulu, 60, has survived four rape attempts in the past five months, the Saturday Star reported.

She is a former professional runner who has finished the Comrades Marathon nine times.

Zulu said she has had to ask one of her sons, Sthandwa, to accompany her during her usual 04:00 training session.

She is a relative of King Goodwill Zwelithini and has been running early in the morning for the past 32 years.

"There've been several times where I've been mugged... but I was not harmed," she told the newspaper.

Zulu said two boys who were carrying guns attacked her and dragged her under a bridge in January. One of the boys told her that he was attracted to her because of her fitness. She managed to escape.

In another incident, Zulu said she was assaulted for almost an hour by a man who had throttled her when she tried to fight back. She managed to run to the police station.

A few weeks before this, Zulu was rescued by a security guard from an attacker.

In another attack, Zulu was hit on the head with a blunt object but she was saved by a motorist.

Read more on:    durban  |  pietermaritzburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

Embracing sustainability in tobacco agriculture

In Sub-Saharan Africa, farming represents a subsistence lifestyle for millions of people. In recent years though, the development of farming into an economic activity has made a real change in how the land is used in providing for the population.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.