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31 October 2011 at 09:18 - Posted by Anonymous

Rape figures climb in North West


Johannesburg - The gang rape and assault of a 17-year-old-girl in Taung is one of an increasing number of rapes in the North West, the province’s Human Settlements Department said on Monday.

“MEC Desbo Mohono is concerned about an increase in rape incidents as 3 586 rapes cases were reported in the province during the 2010/2011 financial year,” spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele said.

He said the cluster under which Taung fell had seen a 10-percent increase in rapes in the past year.

Mohono condemned the act and called on the community to assist in police investigations.

A girl was walking in Magogong Village in Taung on Friday afternoon when she was approached by a 21-year-old male acquaintance, Sergeant Kelebogile Moiloa said.

The acquaintance and five other men allegedly pointed a knife at her before raping her repeatedly.

Moiloa said one of the men allegedly went behind her back and cut her throat. He allegedly also tied her hands behind her back and to a tree.

The acquaintance was arrested on Saturday. He would appear in the Taung Magistrate's Court later on Monday.

No other arrests had been made. - Sapa

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