Teens attacked on beach

2011-10-06 00:00

A TEENAGE girl was gang-raped and her friend stabbed repeatedly at Zinkwazi beach on the North Coast on Tuesday.

The boy (17) and the 16-year-old girl were apparently on holiday from Pretoria at their family’s holiday home not far from the scene of the crime. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the young couple were strolling along the beach at around 1 pm and passed a group of boys who appeared to be playing soccer when they were accosted.

“The group of three boys, armed with knives, then surrounded the couple and demanded their belongings.

“They tied them up and in a scuffle to free himself they stabbed the young boy in his leg,” he said.

The suspects apparently used the couple’s beach towels and bag straps to tie them up. Reliable sources said the gang then dragged the girl down the beach and into nearby sugar cane fields where they took turns to rape her. Meanwhile, the boy broke a bottle from which the suspects had been drinking and managed to cut himself loose.

Seriously wounded, he reportedly ran in the direction the suspects had taken the girl, but realised there was no hope and then ran to alert the Prince’s Grant security.

The search began and the girl was found an hour and a half later by a local farmer and rushed by paramedics to Alberlito hospital, where she was treated and discharged.

The boy was treated for serious stab wounds to his thigh and stomach. Mdunge said three cases of rape and attempted murder have been opened. “We are urging people to avoid isolated areas regardless of what time it is. This was clearly an opportunistic crime,” he said.

Sapa reported that police arres­ted two men yesterday in connection with the gang-rape.

Mdunge said the two were arres­ted in KwaDukuza.

A third suspect is still being sought.

• rowan.sewchurran@witness.co.za

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