Police warning after woman is raped
POLICE have issued a stern warning to women, urging them to refrain from asking for lifts from strangers.
The warning comes after an 18-year-old woman was kidnapped and raped over two days after asking for a lift from Richard’s Bay to KwaMthethwa last Friday.
King Cetshwayo Cluster spokesperson, Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose, said the victim was walking back home from Richards Bay Home Affairs, when a motorist not known to her offered her a lift.
‘We are told that the woman got into the car and was driven away towards Empangeni. It is said she was also drugged.
‘She was then kept captive at the suspect’s residence over the weekend, during which time she was repeatedly raped by the suspect, before escaping on Monday. She went to Empangeni Clinic and reported her rape ordeal and was assisted by authorities at the clinic to to open a case of rape and kidnapping.
‘The docket was handed over to FCS Empangeni for further investigation. She managed to point out the house where she had been kept and raped.
‘On Tuesday a 28-year-old Tanzanian national was arrested for rape and kidnapping. He appeared at Empangeni Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and was remanded in police custody for Swahili language interpreter,’ said Mdlalose.