Six boys have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 16-year-old girl in Letsitele outside Tzaneen in Limpopo, police said.

“It is alleged that on Saturday at around 6.30pm the minor was being accompanied home by a male friend when they were joined by five other friends,” said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

“She was allegedly dragged into an empty house, held down were the six boys, all minors between the ages of 15 and 17, took turns raping her from 7pm until 4am on Sunday morning.”

The girl managed to escape through a broken window and alerted a passer-by, who contacted the police. Following a search, five of the six boys were arrested. The sixth boy was arrested on Sunday evening.

“The police investigation revealed that the perpetrators were seen consuming alcohol at one of the well-known establishments in Ngwamitwa (Letsitele),” said Mulaudzi.

The six boys were expected to appear in the Ritavi Magistrate’s Court soon. – Sapa