PORT ELIZABETH - Almost eight years after a brutal attack that lasted 16 hours, rape survivor and Gauteng businesswoman Andy Kawa was back in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape - and this time she is seeking justice by suing the South African Police Service for damages just short of six million rand.
On December 9, 2010, Kawa was abducted while walking along Kings Beach, held hostage and gang raped for a period of 15 to 16 hours in sand dunes.
Kawa managed to escape from her abductors the next day.
In 2012, Kawa pointed out her alleged assailants during a protest march along the same beachfront, but the charges against the two men were withdrawn when DNA evidence failed to link the men to the brutal attack.
Kawa was in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Tuesday for her civil claim against the State. The defendants in the case include the Minister of Police, Brigadier Ronald Koll and the two investigating officers who were assigned to her case, Matabata Madubedube and Adine Solomon.