Runner, 60, survives 4 rape attempts

2013-03-23 16:39

Durban - A runner from the Zulu royal family has survived four attempted rapes by boys young enough to be her grandchildren in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, it was reported on Saturday.

Ntombiyezwi Zulu, 60, has survived four rape attempts in the past five months, the Saturday Star reported.

She is a former professional runner who has finished the Comrades Marathon nine times.

Zulu said she has had to ask one of her sons, Sthandwa, to accompany her during her usual 04:00 training session.

She is a relative of King Goodwill Zwelithini and has been running early in the morning for the past 32 years.

"There've been several times where I've been mugged... but I was not harmed," she told the newspaper.

Zulu said two boys who were carrying guns attacked her and dragged her under a bridge in January. One of the boys told her that he was attracted to her because of her fitness. She managed to escape.

In another incident, Zulu said she was assaulted for almost an hour by a man who had throttled her when she tried to fight back. She managed to run to the police station.

A few weeks before this, Zulu was rescued by a security guard from an attacker.

In another attack, Zulu was hit on the head with a blunt object but she was saved by a motorist.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2013-03-23 16:47

    Bring back compulsary military service as in the old days with the same strict dicipline during training.

      jesibelle.krugger - 2013-03-23 17:08

      "...**Compulsary(sic) military service..." under a communist regime - perhaps you should think of a solution that would make SA's future a sustainable prospect... **Compulsory

      Kevinwilliams - 2013-03-24 12:35

      Werner, I have been advocating this for some time...But it seems gov is more interested in saving, or should I use the S word..than in solving our problems. This is one of the aspects of many a contries that helps in unemployment, and also discipline.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2013-03-24 21:18

      Give them a gun and teach them to kill ? That's happening without military service.

      chris.faurie - 2013-03-25 11:13

      In my opinion very few of todays youth would be able to endure the dissipline and hardship of the National service of old. If you compare the current Defence Force to the pre 94 service men, there is no comparison. Ill ddpline, Aids, strikes, no leadership etc.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-23 16:48

    What is it with KZN and older women and small children? And we want to give these people 3 porn channels...

      Matthew - 2013-03-25 09:17

      Maybe it will calm these animals down? small hope,but hey

  • Dotmatrix - 2013-03-23 16:48

    WTF, serious community policing must be stepped up a notch, country wide, should be a freaking state of emergency with curfews until crime is right down. We should stick it to these buggers like never before, surly the good outnumber the bad at least 2-1???

      Klemptner Alan - 2013-03-23 17:19

      bring back the old systems,they worked.

  • LĂ©viter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-03-23 16:49

    Amazingly clear perception of South Africa over time - relating directly to these types of instances. INTO THE CANNIBAL'S POT

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-03-24 10:33

      Leviter, where are you writing from? You certainly have a long name.

  • Bob Wowzer - 2013-03-23 16:50

    She must be one hell of a runner...

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-03-24 10:38

      I have an African lady friend - ex Maths teacher who is in her 80's and until about 2 years ago she ran every morning and took part in Fund raising 10k and 5 k mini marathons for charity. She is an accomplished needlewoman as well and doesn't even need spectacles/glasses. She is an awesome, fount of wisdom and rationality and puts all of us to shame.

  • Nico de Jongh - 2013-03-23 17:06

    These ' brainless things' are everywhere and they have a right to vote, like all prisoners, although 'removed' from public.. sic.

      Nigel Burgess - 2013-03-24 06:37

      That's the truth

  • MrsZwane - 2013-03-23 17:24

    The point of this article is?...

      sagebrush.bush - 2013-03-23 18:01

      And your point is?

      akaRags - 2013-03-23 19:15

      So it's okay Mrs Zwane that a 60 year old woman has survived FOUR attempted rapes, - what's your attitude? Brush it under the carpet, stick your head in the sand, and pretend we are living in "la la land".....

      jomar.delange - 2013-03-24 11:47

      If you have to ask, one has to wonder what is the point of you?

      ANASKA - 2013-03-24 17:04

      MrsZwane the point of the article is a lot of people gets rape so STOP BEING SO DAMN STUPID - MORON!!!!!

      Matthew - 2013-03-25 09:25

      its actually a legitimate question. What was the point of sharing this? apart from general awareness about how easy it is to get raped in this country (Easier if you're a woman jogging at odd hours in the morning and so on) But really now,With everything that's happened this year already,are we,south african's, not aware of this stuff already? we should be, unless you're living under a rock =/ But then what else is the article trying to rely? that sometimes you can just be that lucky? to not get raped. There was no mention of any of the potential rapists,being caught,or anything being done about it. Nothing at all.just the story that this Lovely 60 year old woman has been very fortunate and lucky that these sicko's never followed through. Okay,thats great and all,but really not worth the time to read it,considering what else goes on a daily basis. Theres just too much that happens/goes on for this to make any difference as a feel good story =/

      JuliusYouPrick - 2013-03-25 11:28

      MrsZwane, if I had a dollar for every brain cell of yours I'd have exactly one dollar.

  • Scholes Sebastion Sharon - 2013-03-23 17:35

    the world is dying

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-03-24 10:47

      No sadly Leonard I believe that Scholes Sebastion is right. These things are not unique to Africa. While I live in the world Arica runs in my blood and I would rather LIVE here and take the chance on my blood run into the soil of Africa when death is ready to take me. I guess I'm weird that way - but I'd rather be murdered than have cancer or AIDS for eg. I ensured that my descendants left as soon as they were finished their education and that they chose not to have children. I miss them and worry about them now and then but I don't want them to suffer or bring new chikdren into the world to suffer. Thankfully their partners don't want children either.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-24 11:44

      Gail Haynes-Bean, Suffering is a choice. I had cancer, I never suffered, I learned the lessons it came to teach me and it went away. We all make choices, rather count your blessings instead.

  • Sue-rita Fortuin - 2013-03-23 17:57

    WoMan!!..Buy yourself a TrEadMilL!!!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-23 19:43

      Wow, Sue-rita! Blaming the victim. Maybe we should all lock ourselves in our houses and go nowhere and do nothing? That's your advice?

      Sue-rita Fortuin - 2013-03-23 20:32

      don't be so quick to judge,i got robbed TWICE before i ended up making a safer choice other than ending up in the morgue.this country is what it is.blinding yourself to this reality is entirely your choice.

  • Nols Combrink - 2013-03-23 17:57

    What makes me sick is the comments that seem to indicate that this lady deserved what happened to her. But hey lets not call all whites racist and not all blacks criminals because of the actions and comments of a few.

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-03-23 18:22

      Ag party pooper

      Nols Combrink - 2013-03-23 18:29

      Yes its a party until you get raped then its not so funny any more, Jenifer

      akaRags - 2013-03-23 19:27

      Couldn't have said it better myself Nols - amazing how many people are throwing racial insults, and for what? I live in Maritzburg, and a father was caught raping his child - and appparently a white man, so really, race knows no boundaries whent it comes to disgusting behaviour. Such people like Jenifer Johnstone need to get over themselves and their narrow minded attitudes........ People like her, black and white alike, are the ones holding this country back when it comes to race relations.

  • sagebrush.bush - 2013-03-23 17:58

    Rape and violence is firmly embedded in the South African male culture

  • netswera.livhuwani - 2013-03-23 18:16

    South Africans like hiding the facts,we all know people from KZN the Zulus lacks good morals and the culture of raising children like animals is to blame for all this ill behaviors.abandon your stupid Zulu culture that promotes Xenophobia,tribalism and all the barbaric behaviors that we see you Zulus taking us backwards and is time you change and let the country move forward. im unapologetic on this one,you know why?because im being truthful.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-23 19:44

      I can just tell by what you've posted that you're completely innocent of tribalism and xenophobia.

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-03-23 21:36

      I can tell from your posting that you are an illiterate fool with bad grammar and poor punctuation and you need ABET soon. It was in Limpopo where you come from where we first heard of fathers who rape their daughters. Just recently three siblings were raped and murdered in Limpopo. Where was Anene Booysens raped and viciously murdered. ZCC pastor raped a woman in Moria. Judging from your surname those things happened in your province. You are the worst stupid tribalist. But get your self an education first. By the way it is in your province where there's non-delivery of the textbooks is prevalent, shame!

  • Clement Mkololo - 2013-03-23 18:23

    Stay fit Gogo, I like the spirit of fighting in you, south africans, in cases like this will it be fine to take the law into your own hands? If so let it be, Gogo be always armed

  • Lerato JT Mabitsela - 2013-03-23 18:25

    ya neh?So she must buy a treadmill?Will that solve a problem we are all faced with in SA?Just yesterday ,I was robbed at gun-point in the streets of a big City with people watching?Fortunately I managed to escape .I you gon suggest I stay or work at home and never ever go to the streets of Johannesburg?Your comments are sickening!

      Sue-rita Fortuin - 2013-03-23 18:36

      lady,i got robbed twice on the same route i walked for nearly three years,and that taught me one thing,it was time for me to try walking a different route.this country is what it is for us to choose a safer option in life.

  • Geraldine Daphne Lamashtu - 2013-03-23 19:01

    This is not about post-apartheid. This is about the disrespect being taught (without intent) on the general youth nowadays. It's about the (uneducated) overpopulation in the world, especially South Africa. Where security is being paid for by people who work and pay taxes and the amount of people that's living off it during lack of employment. Police can only do so much... They are very underpaid... It's been years since I've looked at a cop with respect, purely because their colleagues disrespect the badge because of lack of money by their employer, the government. All across the world things are becoming more acceptable due to rebels.

      akaRags - 2013-03-23 19:35

      Geraldine, your comment is probably the most sensible one on this thread, it's realistic - and unfortunately South Africa is a more complex country for many reasons, hence these incidents being commonplace......

      George Galbraith - 2013-12-25 22:47

      I am sorry, police corruption and ineptitude has nothing to do with remuneration and everything to do with the family environment,state of education, police selection, training and discipline and LEADERSHIP (or rather lack of it). Above all, there is a complete lack of political will to analyze and deal with endemic social shortcomings and founding institutions like the police on Madiba's values and norms and standards. What this 'government' has done is to disband units and crime-fighting structures like the Scorpions in order to be able to act with impunity, as its cadres are amongst the worst offenders. ...going to hell in a handbag!

  • Tshephangsithole - 2013-03-23 19:08

    And she still continue running that early? Maybe when she's killed she will stop. We have rights yes but dont dare take chances in South Africa.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2013-03-23 19:17

    This really doesnt matter whether you are running, walking or cyling. Many years ago a girlfriend and I were walking in Florida Road, Durban when some cretin pulled a knife on me, I was carrying a heavy cooler box and swung it onto him. He fled. Fight back ladies with whatever you have on hand.

      Bruce Gauld - 2013-03-23 19:57

      I had 4 of them attack me near florida road 3 months back in the morning on the way to work! I also fought back and after a bit they ran away. However, if we all fight back they will in turn become more violent. But good on you :) I hope it hurt them!

  • Lila Botha - 2013-03-23 19:48

    Dear Gogo, take with you a gun, a baseball bat, a butcher's knife, a ketty, a sjambok and a bodyguard! Learn to kick, to bite and to run faster!!!! This is South Africa, and you are living in it! It is so unfair ..... a fit, young at heart gogo are now forced to rather stay home and knit! Sies julle tsotsies!

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-03-23 19:51

    Someone is protecting her :) . And its not science! Lol

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2013-03-23 20:02

    @ Zak Oh well said. I used to own four Rotties and at least one saved my life and she was a lady dog. A few year ago my Bull Terrier also saved my life. Mans best friend.

  • Louise-Roger Higham - 2013-03-23 20:35

    This lady has nine lives

  • Gruntus Maximus - 2013-03-23 21:44

    There you have it, running is bad for your health.

  • Del Pearson - 2013-03-23 22:49

    Don't blame the victim, no matter what colour you are, you should have a right to walk or run freely in the streets. Rape is a heinous crime and unfortunately so ingrained in some of our society. Do parents really teach their children from birth to hate or is it that no one is happy with their lot anymore. I would love to say I knew how to stop this, any suggestions?

  • Dan Moore - 2013-03-24 02:45

    As someone asked....the point of the that rape and sexual violence are so bad in your country an old woman is not free to enjoy her life she has to fear being raped and become hyper vigilant. The real point of the article is that the thugs(ANC)run SA and thugs terrorize the good people of your country. So what are you going to do sit there and take it? Are you ready risk your life to save your country how about just save your neighborhood? What I see with SA and your pathetic SAPS is a policy of reaction. If you know where these rapists and thugs are take the fight to them. Your country is under siege. Enough reacting be proactive form neighborhood watches arm yourselves when in public and when someone attacks kill them with no mercy!

  • WildCatSal - 2013-03-24 03:10

    This Lady deserved a Medal or 4, she's defiantly has the spirit and heart but does not deserve this vile behaviour. My suggestion is to invest in some vicious looking dogs, a rubber snake around her neck as her son won't always ne around to protect her. GOOD luck and nay you run in complete peace before you become another crime statistic.. Ai Ai!

  • Arina Erasmus Kotze - 2013-03-24 06:41

    Dear Mrs Zulu, I just love your spirit, but absolutely hate what have (almost) happened to you!!!! Isn't it terrible!!! I hope God stay's with you and protect you!! I hope your experience counts for something!! You might just be the voice of many women's experiences!!

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-03-24 07:18

    I'm horrified. I can't imagine how this old woman must be feeling. 4rapes in 5months by boys??? And Zuma says we live in a peaceful society. I wonder if he acknowledges rape as a crime himself.

  • Adepoju Mosebo - 2013-03-24 08:22

    Royal Lies!! delete it again, scumbag!

  • Ditoa-re Gypsy - 2013-03-24 08:45

    Gorgeous GOGO, maybe you are running too fast and they don't have an approach. my advise is carry the Gun so they can propose a date 10meters away or write your number and call me later at the back

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-24 08:58

    This is an opportunity for some of the men from other running clubs to maybe join her in the morning and in that way ensure or at least try to ensure her safety, they will still be getting their exercise and doing a good deed for the day. The saying safety in numbers applies here.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-24 11:51

      Lynn Hattingh. Men don't run that early.

  • Lawrence Mahlaba - 2013-03-24 09:31

    Dnt tell us go n tell Zuma

  • stanford.frost - 2013-03-24 09:40

    Dear Gogo. it goes undisputed that you have the right to good health and safety but lately your daily routines are turning to hazards,please, for the sake of your loved ones improvise.thank you

  • Siboniso Mathenjwa - 2013-03-24 11:20

    this is a warning,,one day they will rape u,stop running at night gogo

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-24 11:38

    For goodness sake, she is sixty years old, probably fitter than most of us and she likes to run. If that can't even happen without rape and mugging rearing their ugly heads, then this country is going to hell quicker than we anticipated.

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-24 17:02

    4 Rape attempts!! why did she kept on jogging - i find this foolish and plain stupid - the article claims she is from Zulu Royalty - where the hell are the body guards

  • Rajesh Sood - 2013-03-24 21:40

    This is absolutely disgusting. Some elements of SA society have no respect for anyone. It sounds as if this lady is old enough to be my mother. It is a sad day when a member of the Zulu Royal Family cannot even go for a run in their own kingdom. May be she needs body guards in future.

  • Mabs - 2013-03-24 22:09

    This is terrible Ms Zulu. Please take someone always with you! You deserve to be safe - may you have many more happy running hours.

  • Thabani Mhlongo - 2013-03-25 08:23

    I don't know what our country has become!! I am aware that when some of us say that it was far more better during the homelands time than it is now we are labelled as people who are 'anti revolutionary'. I personally miss the discipline and the order that was mantained under then kwaZulu Government which was led by Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a man of integrity, whose selfelss works for the nation will never be deleted in our minds. I also respect people like Mr Mangophe, the former leader of then Bophuthatswana!!

  • chazfury - 2013-03-25 11:06

    if it's OK for the Boss to do it...

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