An abandoned building on 270 Lilian Ngoyi Road – known to house scores of vagrants – became a 22-year-old pregnant woman’s worst nightmare on Monday as she was making her way back from work, City Buzz reports.
The woman, who is three-months pregnant, was walking home with a male co-worker at about 5am when they were allegedly accosted by a group of men suspected to occupy the abandoned building situated in the busy part of town.
Joburg Central police spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele said: “After being confronted by the suspects, the woman’s colleague was [allegedly] assaulted at gunpoint before she was dragged into the dark building where the gang rape incident took place. However, during the ordeal, the woman’s coworker contacted the police, who responded swiftly.”
“A police contingent consisting of about 10 officers were dispatched to the building, where they found the woman in a bad state. Police rescued the victim and admitted her to the Victim Empowerment Centre at the police station for post-trauma counselling, before transporting her to a Joburg hospital for examination.”
Johannesburg Central Cluster Police arrested 11 suspects for kidnap, rape, assault and armed robbery.
A police investigation is under way, and the suspects were remanded in police custody until they appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
– Caxton News Service