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Two rapes in H’berg over the weekend

Two women were raped in separate incidents over the weekend.

In the first incident, a 28-year-old woman in a security estate woke to find a male intruder in her home around 00:30 on Saturday 8 June.

According to a Macassar police spokesperson, it is not clear how events unfolded, but they did confirm the woman was raped.

“According to the report, the assailant was already in the house when the victim woke up,” the spokesperson said, before he forced himself on her.

She was not able to identify the intruder because he was apparently wearing gloves and a balaclava.

“She also said he spoke both English and Afrikaans,” the spokesperson said.

He allegedly then forced her into her car and instructed her to drive to an ATM, where she was instructed to withdraw cash.

“They first went to the Engen filling station on the R102,” said the spokesperson, “but then left there and proceeded to draw R2 400 at the Shell filling station on the R102.”

Futhermore, police said he let the woman drop him off at Firgrove where he walked off.

“There was no forced entry into the house and nothing was reported as missing,” said the police spokesperson. “There are, however, marks on a boundary wall that indicate someone climbed over it.

“No breach in the perimeter has been found, and nothing suspicious on our CCTV footage has been found either. At this stage we cannot confirm whether the incident occurred on the estate or not.

“We can, however, confirm that the victim did leave the property in the given time-frame and came back again, and footage shows that she went to a filling station close by.”

In the second incident, which occurred on Sunday 9 June at about 01:20, a 25-year-old woman was raped by an unknown man.

“According to the victim she was dragged into bushes in Kramat Road, Macassar,” a police spokesperson said. “Her rapist choked her and told her that if she made any noise he would break her neck. He threw her to the ground and raped her.”

The victim could not identify her assailant as she wasn’t facing him when the rape took place, according to the police report.

No arrests have been made in connection with either of the cases, and the police have asked that anyone who could provide them with credible information to contact the Macassar police station on 021 857 7100.

The police are also urging women to be more vigilant, and to make sure they take the necessary precautions to ensure they don’t fall prey to such crimes.

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