THE police in Phuthaditjhaba received the thumbs up after averting the possible rape of a 18-year-old by two armed suspects on 31 July. The police were doing patrols in the vicinity of the Monontsa Village in two police vans when they spotted the attempted rape of the teenage girl by two armed suspects.The suspects had covered their faces with balaclavas and were wearing blankets. Sgt. Mmako Mophiring, police spokesperson, said the 18-year-old girl had been accompanied by two learners and they were returning to their respective homes at about 21:30 when the two unknown suspects attacked them. Her companions managed to get away from the attackers, but she was dragged to an open field where the attackers tried to rape her. Mophiring said the members of the police, who were doing patrols as part of visible policing, disturbed the suspects before they could rape the victim.The suspects fled the scene, leaving behind the victim’s mobile phone that they initially robbed from her. He said the police investigation into the incident was ongoing. “The police visibility through blue lights pays off, as it helps to prevent criminals from committing crimes. I applaud the members who were visibly patrolling the area of Monontsa. This should be carried out daily,” said Maj. Genl. Eric Gela, acting police provincial commissioner.