Rape sus­pects sought

Two mi­nors aged 14 and 15 were robbed of a cell­phone and raped by two un­known men

The New Age (Free State) - - FREE STATE NEWS - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@the­newage.co.za beck­ers@the­newage.co.za

WELKOM police are re­quest­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to as­sist them in trac­ing the men al­leged to have raped two mi­nors.

Spokesper­son Const Ketha­bile Mo­fo­keng said the mi­nors, aged 14 and 15, were al­legedly raped while on their way to a shop in Riebeeck­stad on April 6.

She said no ar­rest had been made since the in­ci­dent and the police were ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic to as­sist in this mat­ter.

“While on their way to the shops the duo met two un­known men who asked them where they were com­ing from. The men had knives in their pos­ses­sion,” Mo­fo­keng said.

“They al­legedly de­manded money and cell­phones from the vic­tims, who said they only had one cell­phone.”

One of the vic­tims said one sus­pect then took the cell­phone and al­legedly pushed them down and raped them be­fore leav­ing the scene.

“An iden­tikit of the sus­pects was com­piled. The first sus­pect is light in com­plex­ion, slen­der, 1.8m tall, he was wear­ing a black jacket and black pants and has short hair and a mous­tache.

“The sec­ond sus­pect is dark in com­plex­ion, slen­der, 1.7m tall, he was wear­ing a black sports hat, black jacket and black pants with black sneak­ers and shaven head.”

Mo­fo­keng said any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent should con­tact Det- Const Khabo Lephat­sow on 057 391 6184.

Mean­while, also in Welkom, the police are still search­ing for mur­der sus­pects and rel­a­tives of a de­ceased man.

Mo­fo­keng said the body of a man was found last Wed­nes­day at Steyn 2 Shaft near the lab­o­ra­tory and Protea Coins con­trol room.

“The police were called and upon ar­rival found the body ly­ing in an open field with a stab wound to the throat,” Mo­fo­keng said.

“The de­ceased was wear­ing a black shirt, blue jeans and white gum­boots.”

She said the mo­tive for the killing was un­known and the de­ceased was still at the Welkom govern­ment mor­tu­ary and no one had come for­ward to iden­tify him.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der case and no one has been ar­rested and we are plead­ing with mem­bers of the pub­lic to help us find the killer.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that will as­sist the police in trac­ing the sus­pect or any­one who might know the de­ceased’s rel­a­tives should con­tact Det- Sgt Teswin Carls at 057 391 6238 or 072 294 9306,” Mo­fo­keng said.

He said the church’s mis­sion was to pray for black peo­ple, both so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally.

“As Chris­tians we want all Africans to be free, we are not dis­crim­i­nat­ing against other races but we need to pray for Africans. Peo­ple are still not free eco­nom­i­cally, so why pray for other things if we can’t pray for our peo­ple?”


INFO NEEDED: The police have re­quested as­sis­tance from the pub­lic to find the rape sus­pects.

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