A British tourist was raped while walking in an inner-city nature
reserve in Bloemfontein.
The police’s Captain Rulene Kuhn said the 51-year-old woman went
for a walk in the small nature reserve on Monday morning when she was
overpowered, allegedly by two men.
She was raped and robbed of her cellphone and some cash.
Free State police spokesman Colonel Motantsi Makhele told the
Volksblad newspaper that a police operation was conducted in the area hours
after the incident.
Twenty people were arrested, of which five were known criminals to
local police, as well as two illegal immigrants.
The Happy Valley reserve is a small nature reserve with a short
walking route next to Free State House, the official residence of Free State
premier Ace Magashule.
The area is used by homeless people.
The Volksblad reported that the woman was treated at a local
hospital and discharged the same day.
Makhele said police had appointed a special investigating team to
look into the matter.