A YOUNG woman is lying in a hospital in Ekurhuleni - bruised and battered after being gang-raped and stabbed by a group of men who were on a revenge mission.
Her husband, visibly shaken and seething with anger, did not utter a word yesterday and only nodded when the police told him they had arrested the suspected thugs. The couple lives in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.
Three weeks ago the husband hired four men to construct a lapa in the family's yard. The whole time they worked there the woman, in her early 30s, prepared meals for them.
The man had agreed to pay the four R8400. When they completed the project he renegotiated to pay them R2000 less - to cover the cost of food. They didn't object.
On Tuesday he paid them R6400. The following morning they returned to the house and attacked the wife.
"His wife cooked breakfast and lunch for them so the husband decided to deduct money for meals. They did not disagree when he paid them," a police source said.
The four, aged between 22 and 32, ransacked the house and loaded a TV, DVD player, jewellery and tools on to her husband's bakkie. They took turns to rape her. One of them stabbed her several times in the face and also tried to cut her throat.
They could not drive away because none of them could drive. She managed to crawl and press a panic button.
"Three of them grabbed what they could carry and escaped. They went around selling the stolen goods to shopkeepers in town," the source said.
Boksburg North police spokesperson Constable Cathy Meyer said the husband, who was at work, received a "strange" call from someone using their land line.
"No one spoke and he realised that something was wrong. He went home and found his bakkie loaded with goods. One suspect was still in the house. He tried to run away when he saw the husband. The husband managed to subdue him."
Yesterday the four were charged with rape, attempted murder and robbery and will appear in court today.