Farm rape, robbery suspect in court

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Letsitele - A man accused of being part of a gang of eight who raped two women in Limpopo at the weekend appeared in the Letsitele Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The matter was postponed to January 28, when he was expected to bring a formal bail application, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi told a Sapa correspondent.

The accused, 32, who may not be named until he has pleaded, was not asked to plead to charges of rape, armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm, and would remain in police custody.

“The eight men attacked three farms near Letsitele on Saturday midday where they first raped a 32-year-old woman before helping themselves to two rifles, a pistol and R300 in cash,” Mulaudzi said.

The attackers then proceeded to another nearby farm.

“At the second farm, three members of the gang raped a 59-year-old Zimbabwean maid,” he said.

“(They) proceeded to another farm, where they only managed to steal electrical appliances including DVDs, before disappearing in the bushes on foot,” he said.

He said the man was arrested on Monday. The other seven were still at large.

Mulaudzi urged the public to help the police find them.

“Whilst running away, the suspects dropped some of the stolen goods and the money. Two of the suspects have been identified and their arrest is imminent,” he said.

Sapa


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