British tourist raped in Bloemfontein

2011-01-13 09:32

A British tourist was raped while walking in an inner-city nature

reserve in Bloemfontein.

The police’s Captain Rulene Kuhn said the 51-year-old woman went

for a walk in the small nature reserve on Monday morning when she was

overpowered, allegedly by two men.

She was raped and robbed of her cellphone and some cash.

Free State police spokesman Colonel Motantsi Makhele told the

Volksblad newspaper that a police operation was conducted in the area hours

after the incident.

Twenty people were arrested, of which five were known criminals to

local police, as well as two illegal immigrants.

The Happy Valley reserve is a small nature reserve with a short

walking route next to Free State House, the official residence of Free State

premier Ace Magashule.

The area is used by homeless people.

The Volksblad reported that the woman was treated at a local

hospital and discharged the same day.

Makhele said police had appointed a special investigating team to

look into the matter.

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