Hand yourselves over or face street justice

Kabelo Tlhabanelo

Fed up of criminals who keep getting away with terrorising the community, the people of Kutlwanong in the Free State have launched a massive manhunt for three men who raped an 18-year-old teen.

Community leaders have issued an ultimatum for the perpetrators, who are on the run, to hand themselves to the police or face mob justice.

It’s alleged that on Friday the teen was studying with her friend when three men stormed into her home through an unlocked door and demanded money.

When her teenage friend tried to protect the girl he was stabbed in the head and neck and tied up with a rope. 

The men then took turns raping the girl. The girl was then taken out of the house and gang raped again. 

The rape victim managed to walk back home after the ordeal. 

Both victims’ cell phones were stolen. 

Resident Madibuseng Mosela told Scrolla.Africa that after hearing about the horrible ordeal the community launched their own hunt. 

“The community is very angry and those monsters should hand themselves to the police before we find them,” she said.

Thabiso van Wyk said: “They don’t deserve to live here. The community is fuming. I know inmates in jail won’t welcome the rapists either.”

Another resident, Nnono Moru, said that the community – especially women – were tired of violence against women. 

“Homes are supposed to be safe spaces for us but now these rapists are approaching people in their houses. It’s getting out of hand.” 

She added that the community used to patrol but since lockdown things changed. 

“We now feel scared because we are being attacked in the places where we think we are safe. The girl was attacked in her home. We can’t afford to fence our yards.”

The police have also launched a manhunt for the suspects and have urged the community not to take the law into their hands. 

The stabbed victim was treated and discharged from hospital. A case of house robbery, rape and kidnapping has been opened against the three men on the run. 

Police spokeswoman Colonel Thandi Mbambo said anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of these suspects should contact Detective Captain Jonathan Human at cellphone 082 850 8640, Crime Stop at 08600 10111, or send information via the MySaps app.

Picture source: Indian Times

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