Police in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa have launched a manhunt for the suspects who allegedly broke into the rented rooms in which the TVET College students were sleeping. They robbed them at gun point and later raped one of them in the early hours of Wednesday, 18 May 2022.

The students, aged 23 and 27, were reportedly asleep in one room at about 00:30. They were allegedly awoken by the sound of the burglar door that was being broken.

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Two men wearing face masks suddenly gained access into the room and demanded money and cellphones at gun point.

After taking a cellphone, the suspects then ordered the victims to accompany them to the nearest bushes where they allegedly started assaulting them, demanding money and more cellphones. One of the suspects went back to the room to take more items.

TVET COLLEGE STUDENTS ROBBED

Both suspects allegedly raped the 27 year old victim, tied both of them and left the scene. The victims managed to untie themselves and on arrival in their room, they allegedly found the following valuables missing:

Two cellphones

cash money

Iron

Identity document

Nike sports bag

Red sports bag

A Jersey and

Blankets

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has urged community members to assist the police in tracking down the suspects.

Cases of housebreaking, house robbery, assault and rape were opened and police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information that can assist the police in tracing and arresting the suspects is requested to contact Lieutenant Colonel Lilian Mahlathi at 0824691240. Also police toll-free number 08600 10111 or the nearest police station.

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