Po­lice warn­ing after woman is raped

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS -

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.

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