Durban - Major-general Apaphia Modise, who leads the South African Police Service (SAPS) Thabong Cluster in the Free State, said on Monday that she was 'concerned' at the rising number of rape cases reported in communities such as Meloding and Thabong.
Modise said via a press statement that the cases involved women and children who "become victims under various circumstances which include alcohol abuse and neglecting their own safety".
Modise said that a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Sunday last week in Meloding while she was returning from a tavern, at about 4am, with a friend.
"They met three unknown African men. Two of them allegedly grabbed her and one of them raped her. The friend managed to run away. The suspects are still at large," she said.
On the same day, at about 3am, an 18-year-old woman was allegedly raped by an unknown suspect at an unnumbered shack near Kopano Indoor Sport Centre in Thabong. Modise said the young woman was at a tavern when the suspect allegedly took her by force to the shacks near the centre and raped her. The man locked her in a house but she managed to escape when his girlfriend arrived.