Six on trial for rape

2015-07-22 06:00

THE case of six men standing accused of holding two teenage girls captive as sex slaves in Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus, has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for a ruling.

The hearing has been held in the Odendaalsrus Magistrate’s Court since March after the police had busted the men in separate places in Kutlwanong.

Phaladi Shuping, the Free State’s National Prosecution Authority spokesperson, said the presiding DPP officer would look at the prospects of whether the case was prosecutable or not and that he or she might decide to even refer the case to the High Court, depending on its merit.

The DPP is expected to make a ruling in this case on Thursday (23/07).

The six accused are Thabang Mokhele (19), Themba Nguxe (21), Ntsokolo Njingala (22), Adrissa Nbwana (24), Mbuyiselo Njingala (27) and Khethamile Faku (28). They are still in custody after the state rejected their bail application.

The men are facing charges of kidnapping and statutory rape of the two teenagers, aged 12 and 14.

The girls were allegedly held captive as sex slaves for a period of 23 days in a shack in the backyard of a house in K7 in Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus. They were allegedly kidnapped on 26 January and then freed on 17 February.

The six suspects are known to the locals in the township of Kutlwanong for being members of a gang called 300 Spartans whose territory is K7.

The gang in question is one of numerous rival gangs in the Odendaalsrus township feared by local residents for their reign of terror.

The parents of the two girls reported them missing on 26 January, after which the police reportedly struggled finding them.

Molebogeng Lechesa, spokesperson of the Welkom police, said the two teenage girls had related their ordeal to their parents upon being freed from captivity. Their parents, in turn, informed the police.

The two teenage girls had already been marked with tattoos reading 300 by their alleged traffickers as a sign of ownership and control

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