Need for safety highlighted following rape in Howick

2015-06-16 08:34
The Curry’s Post Road where a woman was raped while jogging at 8.30?am on Saturday.

The Curry’s Post Road where a woman was raped while jogging at 8.30?am on Saturday. (Jonathan Burton)

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THE jogger who was raped just two metres from a busy road in Howick on Saturday is steadily recovering.

Brian Jones of SA CAN said yesterday that all medical processes had been conducted and that the victim was “looking forward to some space”.

“All check-ups at hospital have been done and she is doing well,” he said.

Jones added that the victim had received an outpouring of support from international and local family and friends.

On Saturday morning, the 35-year-old woman was out jogging when she was attacked and hauled into a nearby bush at knife-point.

The incident occurred on Curry’s Post Road between Protea Gardens and the landfill site.

So close to the the busy road was her attack that the victim was said to have heard cars driving past while she was being raped.

Jones said of the attack: “Whether she had pepper spray or a gun; nothing would have made a difference.

“She thought she was going to die and she complied and did everything he demanded so she could save her life. With her making on-the-move decisions, she de-escalated the incident and survived it, as terrible as it was,” he said.

The incident was similar to a rape which took place in Clarendon in November 2013. A prominent Pietermaritzburg doctor had to crawl to seek help after she was dragged into a covered area and raped.

Support for the Howick jogger echoed on social media, including The Witness Facebook page:

• Lauren Pretorius — It is so important to run with a partner or group. Safety in numbers people! I am horrified to hear about this. I hope the woman who was attacked will be okay and can move past this. So sad.

• Nadine Franzsen — Really bad to hear this has happened again but time and again I see women running alone, some of them even in the dark! Please, all women, never ever run alone. Not even in clear daylight is safe. Sick people roam this earth.

• Jenneitha Bramdaw — I wish her strength and courage during this time. For the animal that committed this heinous crime … Full and total punishment.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact SA CAN at 086 167 2226 or Crime Stop at 086 001 0111.

SAPPI Karkloof Mountain Bike Club liaison officer Matthew Drew said that they viewed the incident in a serious light.

“Obviously this is a very serious incident and we view it as such. That said, I do not believe it will have a tangible impact on the way the forests and trails are used in the area,” he said.

“This is something that could have happened anywhere in the country. In this instance it was nearby the trails and we believe it is something that should be viewed in isolation.

“We will brief our community and club members about this and warn them to take caution. We will post further notices about precautionary measures that people can take and one that we advocate and have for many years is that people should run and ride in groups. This is not just to deter attacks, but in case of an accident while in the plantations.”

— News24

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