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Teen fights off would-be rapist
A 16-YEAR-OLD pupil at a Bulawayo school fought off a pirate Honda Fit driver who wanted to rape her by stabbing him with a pen before kicking his private parts.
The teen boarded a black Honda Fit near Christian Brothers College on Sunday on her way home to Famona suburb.
Police have since launched a manhunt for the driver. Bulawayo acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube said the teen boarded the pirate taxi at about 8:30AM.
He said the driver suddenly drove off the main road and tried to force himself on the girl.
The driver, said Asst Insp Ncube, targeted the teen as she was the last passenger to drop off the pirate taxi.
“The driver dropped his other two passengers along Luanda Road and instead of proceeding to the teen’s place, he drove towards Argyle Road where he parked his vehicle at the edge of the road. The suspect got out of the vehicle and tried to strip the complainant naked,” he said.
Asst Insp Ncube said the girl bravely fought the man and managed to escape after kicking the rapist’s private parts.
“She stabbed the man with a pen on the arm. As he staggered backwards, she kicked him on his private parts. She then escaped as the man lay on the ground writhing in pain. She made a report and Hillside Police Station is now investigating the matter,” said Asst Insp Ncube.
He said police were hunting for the driver of an unregistered black Honda Fit plying eastern suburbs routes.
“The driver was wearing a blue work suit driving an unregistered Honda Fit. We’re appealing to anyone who might have information that may lead to the location of the driver and his vehicle to come forward,” he said.
Asst Insp Ncube urged members of the public to avoid boarding pirating unregistered vehicles saying some of them have been linked to heinous crimes in the city.
In July police recorded 91 cases of plain robberies in Bulawayo, with 69 of them being linked to pirating Honda Fit drivers. — @nqotshili