Deaf girl, 16, made to perform strip-tease, then is raped repeatedly

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

A 16-year-old deaf girl was forced to perform a strip-tease show before being raped repeatedly at gunpoint at Umhlathuze in northern KwaZulu-Natal this week.

Police said yesterday that the girl was walking home with friends when a man asked them to stop while pointing a gun at them. The other girls ran away, but the victim tripped and fell.

The man allegedly forced her to strip naked and perform sexual strip poses while he watched. He then raped her continuously.

Police have opened a case of rape and are searching for the man.

l In another incident, a 26-year-old man was arrested after he and an accomplice, who is still at large, allegedly raped and assaulted a girl who was picking oranges in Mevamhlophe at Mpangeni, in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Police spokesman Captain Jabulani Mdletshe said the victim and her cousin had gone to Zulu Estate Orange Farm to pick oranges.

They were picking in different lanes when suddenly two men appeared.

One of the men slapped the girl in the face and robbed her of her bracelet.

"She tried to run away, but stopped when the suspect pulled out a gun. Both the men grabbed her and pulled her to the ground," said Mdletshe.

"They took turns raping her and later dragged her deeper into the bush, where they raped her again."

When the other girl heard the screams, she ran off to call community members who caught the two men red- handed. One ran away, but the other was caught and handed over to the police.

A case of rape and armed robbery is being investigated.