Investigators from the Durban Central Unit on Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses have called on the public to help locate two men to help solve a kidnapping and rape case.
KwaZulu- Natal SAPS spokesman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the kidnapping and rape incident occurred at The Workshop bus terminals in downtown Durban. The unit has released the following two photos of the men the police are looking for.
“Allegedly on April 21, 2021 at around 3:30 p.m., a 35-year-old victim was waiting for the bus to Inanda Township as two unknown people Men jumped off a white VW Polo and asked the time, “Mbele said.
Mbele said the women told them the time and they left the scene. However, Mbele said the same vehicle drove back to where the victim waved to her bus a few minutes later and three unidentified men grabbed her and forced her into the vehicle.
“There were three in the vehicle more males. The vehicle drove to a location unknown to the victim and they were all raped, “Mbele said.
” They then put them in the trunk of the vehicle and dropped them off in the Inanda area. Her cell phone, wallet with cash and her bank cards were also confiscated, “Mbele said.
” We appeal to anyone who might have information about the men in the attached pictures, investigator Detective Sergeant Cele at 083 3001 371 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. “
According toAc, according to the NGO Shukumisa coalition, rape is one of the least reported crimes in South Africa.
Justice Information Hub told The New Humanitarian that there are many complex reasons why South Africa has such high levels of sexual offenses>
The armed struggle against apartheid and the violent backlash and repression that followed have normalized violence in South African society, she said. “Children grew up violent on their streets,” she told the publication.
Recently, high unemployment and poverty have put some “traumatized” people at a lot of “social stress”, she added. After all, South Africa is a very paternalistic society where women are not seen as equals, which contributes to abuse. “Rape, as you know, is not a sexual act, it is a violent act,” said Lancaster.