Alleged rape suspect fighting for his life after being beaten by a group of men

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

A 33-year-old alleged rape suspect is in hospital after reportedly being assaulted by community members for allegedly raping a 23 year old woman at Thubelihle in Kriel. According to information, the incident took place on 09 October 2022 at around 03h00 am.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said the victim was reportedly on her way to a nearby hiking spot for lifts back home in Kriel. “Upon her arrival at the spot, she was allegedly accosted by a male and both proceeded to Nkanini Street in Kriel where the suspect allegedly raped her, however, the victim is said to have screamed for help”.

Mdluli said a group of men came to her rescue and in the process, the suspect is said to have been assaulted. “The Police were notified and on their arrival, the suspect was arrested. However due to the injuries, he was taken to hospital and he is under police guard”.

The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.

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