Community shocked by action of gun-wielding sex pest
Four girls, aged 13, 15, 16 and 17 have had to endure hours of rape by a sex pest at Mfekayi village at Mtubatuba in northern Zululand at the weekend.
Now the mother of two of the girls is considering leaving the area because her daughters are traumatised after the Saturday morning attack.
Crime in the village is at an all time high and residents say rape incidents are common.
The two sisters aged 13 and 17 are left home alone when their mother is away at her live-in domestic job at nearby St Lucia.
They normally ask their two neighbours, aged 15 and 16, to sleep over. The girls were asleep in the home when the rapist pounced.
The mother - whose identity cannot be revealed to protect her daughters - said her children told her that the suspect broke in while they were sleeping.
"My older daughter said the man asked for me and when she told him that I was not at home he said he was going to rape them to teach me a lesson," she said.
"He was carrying a pistol and when she tried to scream he pointed the gun at her and grouped the girls together and started raping them, one by one.
"He took turns raping them and the neighbour's daughter was raped twice. They each watched the other being raped.
"They are too shocked and traumatised and I am thinking of taking them away from this area. It would be pointless for me to keep them here. The area has just turned into hell," she said.
"What has made things worse is that after raping them, he opened my fridge and helped himself to whatever he could lay his hands on.
"He also boasted that he had made them all pregnant. What kind of beast would do such a thing to young and innocent girls like these," said the mother.
The incident has shocked the residents of Mfekayi village.
Raymond Mfeka, chairman of the Community Policing Forum (CPF) described the area as a "disaster" and a haven for criminals.
He said the incidents of rape have increased alarmingly. "We have on our records that at least four rape cases are being reported each month. This is too much.
"It is a disaster. People are no longer safe within their own homes," said Mfeka.
He said the CPF had visited schools in the area to warn youth about drugs, especially dagga.
Police spokesman Captain Jabulani Mdletshe said the girls did not know the suspect.
"They could not clearly identify him since his head was covered. KwaMsane police are investigating cases of rape and no one has been arrested yet," he said.