Five women gang-raped inside funeral home by armed beasts just weeks after eight models attacked at gunpoint | The SunSeptember 5, 2022
A GANG who raped five women at gun-point inside a funeral home are being hunted by police.
The shocking attack by the six strong gang in South Africa comes after eight models were raped while filming a video.
The gang partially stripped the five women and raped them in the place at the funeral home reserved for prayer for those who have passed away.
The horror unfolded as two women were ambushed while they were heading towards the funeral home in the early hours of Monday morning.
They were forced inside the building by the gang, who shot an employee who opened the door.
They took the two women into a next door morgue, along with the shot employee.
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The gang then found another three women, along with six male employees, who were brutally pistol whipped unconscious.
Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said: “All five females were gang raped and robbed of their cellphones and other belongings and the safe was robbed of all the money.
“All six males were severely assaulted by the suspects allegedly using the butts of their firearms until they fell unconscious allowing them to rape the five women.”
Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lt-General Thembi Hadebe said a specialist squad of investigators are hunting the suspects.
She urged the community to come forward and provide information.
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“The team will spend sleepless nights hunting down these heartless criminals who have done such a thing and will bring them to book to be punished for these crimes,” she said.
Five cases of rape, three counts of kidnapping, one of attempted murder and one of robbery have been opened.
These latest gang-rapes have again sent shock waves through the South African nation where crime is said to be out-of-control with murder, rape and rioting commonplace.
It comes just over a month after eight models were brutally gang-raped at gunpoint just 100 miles away while shooting a gospel music video with one victim raped ten times.
The women aged between 19 and 37 were raped up to 10 times each by the gang of suspected illegal miners in a two ordeal before they and the film crew were robbed.
The anger generated by the attacks led to calls for the gang to be chemically castrated.
South African Police have brought 32 charges of rape against 14 suspects including a 15-year-old boy as well as armed robbery and they are due up before magistrates shortly.
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Seventy other illegal miners were arrested for immigration offences and will face prison sentences then deportation back over the South African border from where they came.
South Africa is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for crime and the latest police figures showed an average of 71 murders a day and 115 reported rapes a day.
How you can get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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