Johannesburg - A man who allegedly helped put the infamous Golf Club Gang behind bars is in a critical condition in hospital after he was stabbed on Friday.
Police say they are investigating the possibility that the attack could be linked to the gang, but had yet to confirm a connection.
The gang was responsible for terrorising residents of Freedom Park, south of Joburg, hitting several of their victims with golf clubs, robbing them and raping them while they lay unconscious.
The gang called itself Sidl’abafazi abafileyo (We rape dead women), planning their attacks from a shack they called “parliament”.
Five people were believed to have been killed by the gang, and dozens of women were maimed and raped during the attacks, which went on for more than a year.
Litha Gqobo was walking in Freedom Park in the early hours of Friday morning when a man called out and began running towards him, taking out a knife and stabbing him before fleeing the scene, said Eldorado Park police spokesman Captain Philemon Khorombi.
Khorombi said the man suspected of stabbing Gqobo was the boyfriend of a woman who had been walking with Gqobo that night, but investigators were also probing the possibility that the attack could be linked to the gang. Khorombi said the suspect was yet to be found.
Sources close to the investigation into the Golf Club Gang said Gqobo had helped local sector policing in identifying members of the gang, and was targeted.
A member of the local community policing forum, Gibson Moloto, said he believed the attack was orchestrated because of his and Gqobo’s help in putting a stop to the gang’s activities.
Gqobo, while unable to speak much on Monday from hospital, told The Star that while he was worried for his life, he did not mind his name being published, as it was already known to his attacker.
Gqobo remains in a serious condition in hospital, and is in immense pain from his two stab wounds.
More than 20 people linked to the gang have been arrested, and their trial continues in February.
The suspects face multiple charges, including attempted murder, murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.