7 men allegedly gang-rape Mpumalanga woman, 4 arrested

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Four were arrested for a gang-rape.
Four were arrested for a gang-rape.
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  • Six men gang dragged a 43-year-old woman into a room before allegedly raping her over the weekend.
  • The next morning, a man believed to be renting the room returned home and allegedly joined the queue to rape the woman.
  • Four suspects have been arrested so far.

Four suspects have been arrested after a 43-year-old woman was gang-raped over the weekend, reportedly by seven men.

The woman's ordeal happened in Mhluzi, Middleburg, between 23:00 on Saturday and 05:00 on Sunday.

By Monday, police had arrested four men between the ages of 17 and 24.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said the woman had accompanied a relative on a family visit and came across a group of men in a bakkie as she made her way home. 

"The men allegedly alighted from the vehicle then dragged her to a nearby room where they took turns in raping her," he said.

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Mdhluli added: "At about 05:00 the next day, 2 October 2022, another man, believed to be residing in the said room arrived probably from work. Instead of the man rescuing the victim, he too allegedly joined the queue and raped her after chasing the suspects away. Thereafter, he fled the scene."

A rape case was opened, and the docket was assigned to the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.

When the four suspects appeared in court, their case was postponed to 11 October for a bail application. 

The four remain in custody while the search for the remaining suspects continues.  

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