Breakthrough in 'holiday' rape case

2011-12-23 15:57

Richards Bay - The suspects who are believed to be involved in the rape a Gauteng woman who was holidaying in Richards Bay appeared in the Richards Bay Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The 38-year old rape victim from Vanderbijlpark was raped in front of her son, nephew and their two friends at their self-catering unit in the upmarket suburb of Meerensee at approximately 21:30 November 21. The victims had only just arrived an hour earlier for a five day vacation.

The five suspects were arrested in Ventersdorp on Monday in Van Riebeeck St by the SAPS tactical operational management section.

The accused were also found in the possession of two firearms. They are also linked to other cases in Douglasville, Mahikeng and Ventersdorp.

According to Richards Bay police spokesperson Captain Debbie Ferreira the suspects, some of who are from the Eshowe area in Northern KZN and from the Bulwer area, Durban, appeared in the Richards Bay on a charge of house robbery and rape.

Elderly couple

Only one of the accused allegedly raped the 38-year old woman. However, which suspect it may be has yet to be determined.

"The suspects might be linked to more cases. This arrest is the culmination of extensive police work and collaboration between various units within the SAPS," said Ferreira.

The case has been remanded until 30 January 2012.

After raping the mother and ransacking the self-catering unit; allegedly four armed suspects entered another self-catering unit on the same property and held an elderly couple at gunpoint while they searched the house, also threatening them with rape and murder.

The suspects took the rape victim, her son, nephew and their two friends into the elderly couple's unit where they proceeded to tie them all up with shoelaces. 

The suspects then fled in the rape victim's BMW X5 which they later dumped in nearby eSikhawini.

  • Morne - 2011-12-23 16:03

    Hand them over to the public for some real justice.

  • Willie - 2011-12-23 16:11

    Send them to the gallows ,we will discuss the merit of the case later

      rbczovczov - 2011-12-28 12:03

      We know we are not going to have the death penalty in place any time soon so how about in the meantime we enforce a "No Bail, No Parole" for all rapists and for good measure we set a minimum jail term of 20years?

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-23 16:18

    Jeez, these guys get around. Arrested in Ventersdorp for a crime in Richards Bay. Some cops must be doing their jobs well, that gives me hope. I'd like them all hanged, whether one raped the lady or not - pity that option no longer exists. I often wonder how humans try to elevate themselves above animals with behaviour like this.

      Ken - 2011-12-23 16:23

      Very long arm of the law

      jowza1 - 2011-12-23 16:27

      Well done saps

  • samuel.maphaha1 - 2011-12-23 16:36


  • Trevor - 2011-12-23 16:55

    The ANC goverment can give us all a Christmas present by hanging them....not giving them a free christmas lunch. That WE paying for.

  • craig.baatjes - 2011-12-23 16:57


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  • paulr.g3 - 2011-12-23 17:12

    well done!!!

  • gillian.sanderson - 2011-12-23 17:15

    Well done cops - hope these bastards rot in jail!!

  • Johann - 2011-12-23 17:25

    What society breed creatures like this .Well done for SAPS catching them but,is the courts also going to do their job just saying.

  • Mbeko - 2011-12-23 17:35

    i'm utterly disgusted by these sick dirty scumbags ! hope to see justice being served very soon !..could be wishful thinking though with the present government !

  • Andre - 2011-12-23 17:38

    Scum of the earth

  • matome.matlakala1 - 2011-12-23 17:57


  • lawson.lutchman - 2011-12-23 18:29

    How can we expect holiday makers to continue coming (and economically supporting) these hot spots, first a 11 year old in Hibberdene and now this, and why was'nt this scourge soaring during the 2010 soccer world cup. Surely it cannot be political will alone.

  • michael.h.summer - 2011-12-23 19:21

    Please hang them or send them here to Texas , we inject about 1 / month of these ghouls

  • - 2011-12-23 19:48

    rapists should be castrated.

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