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Five women allegedly gang-raped in two funeral parlours during a robbery in Limpopo

Limpopo police have launched a manhunt after five women were allegedly gang-raped during a business robbery at two funeral parlours situated next to each other.

One man was shot and injured while six others were brutally assaulted by a group of armed men who stormed into two funeral parlours that are situated next to Leporong along the R37 road in Malipsdrift in the early hours of Sunday 4 September 2022.

WOMEN GANG-RAPED IN FUNERAL PARLOURS

Police said according to reports, two female friends were on their way to visit a boyfriend working at Wisani Burial Society (funeral parlour), walking along the R37 road when they were accosted by six men who grabbed them and took them to the first mortuary where they shot and injured one employee.

The armed suspects then proceeded to the next mortuary and on arrival, they found three female and six male employees. All six males were severely assaulted by the suspects, allegedly using the buds of their firearms until they became unconscious.

All five females were then gang-raped and robbed of their cellphones and other belongings. The suspects thereafter took an undisclosed amount of money from the safe and fled the scene.

Limpopo police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the victims were discovered by another employee who was to report on duty who then alerted police.

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Mojapelo said on arrival at the scene, they found the badly injured victims lying on the ground and others on chairs. Some of the female victims were also assaulted. The victims were then transported to hospital for medical treatment.

Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has reportedly activated a team of investigators to hunt down the suspects.

Five women were allegedly gang-raped by armed suspects in Limpopo. Image via Unsplash

Hadebe said the team will spend sleepless nights, hunting down these heartless criminals and bringing them to book.

“I urge community members to come forward with information to assist the police in cracking these cases as speedily as possible,” she said.

Cases of five counts of rape, three counts of kidnapping, attempted murder and business robbery have been opened and police investigations are unfolding.

Hadebe urged anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact Lieutenant Colonel Lehlagane Mamadisa on 079 894 5482 or the Crime Stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station or May send the report via MySAPS App.

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