destitute women gang-raped, husband brutally beaten for trying to flee with his wife - Welkom. The destitute Afrikaner mining families in the delapidated gold-mine town of Welkom are increasingly under threat from roaming gangs of Lesotho 'gold-dust hunters' and crime-gangs:
2012-02-03 WELKOM. Tom de Wet. A homeless, destitute couple who were sleeping inside their car near the St Helena disused mineshaft in Welkom, were brutally attacked by black males. And another young white woman also was gang-raped by sixteen black males, purportedly all from Lesotho.
SAPS capt Stephen Thakeng said a 24-year-old woman was attacked and raped by 16 black males from Lesotho near the Freddies Nr 5 gold mine shaft.
She was dumped in the veldt. She was able to reach the police and they arrested one of the men when she was able to identify him.
The other 15 rapists are still at large. Leading the investigation is SAPS Lt Mosele Mokeyane tel 057-391-6186.
Thakeng said the second attack occurred when the 27-year-old husband of a 22-year-old woman was beaten with steel pipes when he tried to flee with his wife.
The couple had been homeless and had temporarily stayed with the man's brother but were asked to leave the house: and the couple then moved into their car, parking it behind a supermarket
in Sandania suburb near the old disused Pres Brand goldmine.
A black man claiming he was a security official tapped on the window of their car and told them they were not allowed to be there.
However before they could flee, two more black males showed up, bashing in the car-window with bricks, and beating the husband in the face while he was trying frantically to drive away.
The man's face was injured by the glass - and when the old car 's engine failed and he tried to push the car with his wife steering, the terrified couple were attacked. Three men raped the woman. The husband is in hospital, critically injured.
Warrant Officer Moyane Monei investigates. Telephone 083-533-6375 te bel.- Volksblad