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Mpumalanga – Police have arrested four suspects aged between 17 and 24 after a 41-year-old woman was gang raped by seven men on the evening of October 1st, 2022 in Mhluzi, near Middleburg, at about 23:00. According to reports, the woman had accompanied a relative who had visited the family earlier, and on her way back she came across a group of men who were driving a bakkie. The men allegedly got off the vehicle and dragged her to a nearby room where they took turns raping her.   It is further alledged that at 05:00 the next day, another man who is believed to be residing in the said room, who probably came from work, joined in on raping her after chasing away the suspects instead of rescuing her before he fled the scene, leaving the victim behind.

Woman gang raped by seven men, rape case opened

Woman gang raped by seven men

Representative image (woman gang raped by seven men) , photo: Istock

The woman reported the incident to the police, and a rape case was opened and assigned to the Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offence Unit (FCS) Unit to probe.   Four suspects were arrested on Monday, October 03, 2022 and appeared at the Middleburg Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, October 04, 2022, facing rape charges, and the case was postponed to October 11, 2022, for bail applications.   The provincial commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, has strongly condemned the “barbaric” act.  
” This is disheartening for such men to have even thought about acting like wild animals and preying on a defenceless woman. The law should indeed take its course. Our members will also work hard to arrest the remaining suspects. So far, we applaud the team for arresting the four and we are confident that it is just a matter of time before outstanding ones are brought to book as well, “said Manamela.
  The suspects were remanded in custody and police are still in pursuit of the remaining suspects.   Pay attention: Follow IspotDaily on Facebook for more news updates