Women protest outside court

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by MOHANOE KHIBA

Lentswe, Hartbeesfontein - A group of furious women picketed outside Hartbeesfontein Magi-strates Court during the court appearance of two alleged rapists.

The group of women of the Ward 1 Women’s Forum said they were there to demonstrate their anger after a woman was raped in Tigane. The women, led by ward councillor, Paki Mqikela, said they wanted to make sure the accused men were denied bail.

The two suspects, 23-year-old and 19-year-old males, appeared in court on Thursday 20 September following the rape of a 54-year-old woman in Ext 4 Tigane on 11 September.

The case was postponed after the unavailability of legal aid representative.

According to Sgt Amogelang Mabihi, police spokesperson, the victim was alone in her home and asleep when she was woken by footsteps outside. “She looked through the window to check what was happening and that is when she saw two unknown men whose faces were covered with bandanas. One of them stabbed her with a knife breaking the window, her with a wound on her mouth. She tried running to the neighbours, but was caught and pushed back inside her home where the suspects demanded money. When she told them that she didn’t have money they ransacked the house, forcing her to give them the money she saved,” Mabihi said.

The two men then undressed her and took turns in raping her at knifepoint. They later forced her to take a bath. They fled the scene with children’s clothing, a DSTV decoder, meat and the handbag with her money. They were arrested the same day from a tip-off.

“The suspects were still wearing the same bloodstained clothes as described by the victim. They were nailed at one of the suspect’s homes and the stolen goods were also recovered,” Mabihi added. The case was postponed to Thursday 27 September. The accused’s names are withheld because they are charged with a sex crime. Their identities can only be revealed once they have pleaded on the charges against them.

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