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Meloding woman raped, three alleged gangsters arrested

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Free State

A woman was apparently attacked by ten gangsters who allegedly took turns in raping her on two consecutive days.  An intelligence driven operation led to the arrest of three suspects.

On the 28 January 2022 at about 22:00 a 21-year-old woman was at her rented room in Meloding when ten known men including her boyfriend entered her room carrying knives. They took turns in raping her and the same suspects came the following day on 29 January 2022 at 20:00.

The victim was gang raped again by the suspects.

A case of rape was registered for further investigation by Lejweleputswa District FCS.

On 08 February 2022 members of Welkom Public Order Policing Reaction Team and Crime Intelligence followed up information during a tracing operation. Three suspects aged 25, 29 and 30 years were arrested for rape.

A manhunt continues for the other seven suspects. These alleged rapists will appear soon in Virginia Magistrates’ Court.


Media Enquiries:
Captain Stephen Thakeng
079 528 4811