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Police concerned about women safety while two men nabbed for rape

POLOKWANE - The South African Police Service in Limpopo are investigating two separate incidents of rape that occurred in the Tzaneen Cluster this weekend.

It is alleged that in the Letsitele Policing area outside Tzaneen, a woman aged 34 was praying inside a church in the early hours of Saturday, 2018-04-13 when an unknown man with covered face attacked her with a sharp object. The suspect dragged the woman outside the church to a nearby village of Nwamitoa, tied her and raped her. He then fled the scene with the victim's cellphone.

Meanwhile in the Bolobedu Policing area, Police arrested two suspects for rape, allegedly after two women aged 18 and 21 were raped at gunpoint on Friday night, 2019-04-12.

It is alleged that the victims came across the suspects at Shawela cross, one suspect fired a shot towards their direction, threatening the victims. The duo then dragged the two women into the nearby bushes, where they both raped them and fled the scene.

After the ordeal, the two victims managed to run to the nearby village for assistance. Community members responded in large numbers and hunted down the rapists until they caught them. Police were notified and they swiftly responded.The two suspects aged 21 and 23 were then arrested. One firearm, magazine, ammunition and two cell phones were recovered.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in the Letsitele incident, may contact Colonel Cecil Machimane at 082 451 7181 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the crime Line SMS 32211 or the nearest Police Station.

The suspects will soon appear before the Bolobedu magistrate court.

Source: South African Police Service

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