Woman tells of brutal attack in cemetery

2015-06-12 08:29
Natasha Swanepoel. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

Natasha Swanepoel. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

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Kimberley – A young mother was attacked with a brick and a knife and nearly raped by two men who also overturned her toddler’s pram in the Northern Cape town of Windsorton's cemetery.

Netwerk24 reported on Friday that Natasha Swanepoel, 22, went to the cemetery with her 18-month-old daughter and dog on Tuesday to clean her brother-in-law’s grave.

“My dog started barking and when I looked around, two men approached me. I told them to leave. They came closer in a threatening way. One man picked up a brick and they beat me and threw me on the ground.

“They tried to pull off my clothes. The whole time I kept fighting back and wriggling on the ground,” Swanepoel said.

“Then one of the men took out a knife and stabbed me. It was just a surface wound. They hit me in the face with the brick and I’m bruised all over."

As the attackers fled, they overturned the toddler’s stroller.

“My child was hysterical,” she said.

'I cannot sleep'

Swanepoel opened a case of assault at the local police station, but was only taken to a district surgeon for her injuries to be recorded on Thursday, after she had made enquiries about it.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana said police were investigating a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. No case of attempted rape was opened.

No arrests had been made and the investigation was continuing.

Swanepoel said she was still shaken up. “I cannot sleep. My nerves are shattered and my head hurts. My husband works long hours and then I am alone at home with my child.”

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