Rhodes Park alleged attackers back in court

2016-10-27 07:35
Rhodes Park in Kensington, Johannesburg. (Netwerk24)

Rhodes Park in Kensington, Johannesburg. (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Three men accused of being part of a 12-man gang that attacked two couples at Rhodes Park last year will return to the dock at the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Thursday.

Thabo Nkala, 25, Admore Ndlovu, 23, and Mduduzi Mathibela Lawrence, 32, face charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, rape, and murder following the attack on the four on the evening of Saturday, October 17, 2015.

The couples were forced to lie on the ground, and a knife was used to cut off the panties of both women. Both were raped, one by a man using his fingers.

Their partners were told to undress and forced into the lake, where they drowned. The gang allegedly stole their clothes, jewellery and cellphones.

On Wednesday one of the two rape survivors told the court how a knife-wielding man had tried to penetrate her but failed to get an erection. He eventually raped her using his fingers.

"I forgive them. God will deal with them," she said.

On Tuesday, the second rape survivor testified that her husband's last words were him calling out her name before he died, and gave chilling details of her rape ordeal.

The accused have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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