Rape victim racially abused

2007-12-29 00:00

A 54-year-old Greytown farmer has survived a three hour ordeal during which she was stabbed and raped, before she managed to escape.

On Saturday last week two men came to her farm and assaulted her, stabbing her eight times, before raping her.

They also stole R60 000 in cash.

The woman, who may not be named, managed to escape through a scullery window.

A family friend and local security company manager Roger Scheffer said he became aware of the attack on Sunday morning. "When we found her in the morning she was very traumatised. She had been raped and stabbed several times, so we immediately rushed her to hospital where she received medical attention".

Scheffer said the attackers also cast racist slurs at the woman.

The woman was confronted by the men when she returned to her house after taking her dogs for a walk.

"They beat her and demanded that she showed them her safe and guns. She does not own any guns but she gave them money. The suspects threw the money on the floor and demanded more," said Scheffer.

When she could not give them more money they repeatedly stabbed the woman in the thighs and hands using scissors and a carving knife.

The attackers also took turns raping her and continually assaulted her.

Police spokeswoman Joey Jeevan confirmed the attack and said the suspects ransacked the house in search of more goods to steal.

"They trashed the house, turning household belongings upside down and throwing stuff at her. They took R60 000 in cash, a television set, jewellery and other household appliances."

After escaping: "She ran into her tenant’s room where she contacted the police," said Jeevan. When the police arrived the attackers had escaped into the nearby plantation.

KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union(KwaNalu) spokesman Koos Marais condemned the attack.

"We are concerned about the racist nature and brutality of the attack. Criminals believe that they have a free rein in crime. We demand that her rights be protected and enforced, and that no bail be given to her attackers." Marais called for a speedy arrest.

The woman has lived alone on the farm for seven years, as a cattle farmer. Jeevan said a suspect has been taken in for questioning but by late yesterday no arrests had been made.

She said police are investigating cases of robbery, rape and attempted murder.

The attack comes in the wake of the recent murder of Estcourt farmer Dave Green, who was gunned down in his garden on the farm. KwaNalu said his murder could be related to a land claim.

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