A 52-year-old woman who was picking herbs in Maidstone, KZN, was attacked and raped by a knife-wielding man on Saturday.
According to Reaction Unit SA (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram, they received a call for assistance at approximately 11:07 from a general dealer on Gopalall Hurbans Road requesting assistance for the woman.
“On arrival, the woman informed Reaction Officers that she was accosted by an unknown male while picking herbs in a sugar plantation off Walter Reid Road.
“The man produced a knife and asked her to proceed further in the canefield where he raped her twice. He then led her to the general dealer, where he asked her to wait outside and not to draw any attention to herself. She asked him for water which he agreed to provide,” Balram said.
The woman then took the chance and sought assistance at the general dealer.
“The suspect did not return but left behind a bag containing a drill, clothing, and a Mobicel cellphone.”
The only description the woman could provide of her attacker was that he was dressed in brown pants and a brown shirt.
Balram said reaction officers conducted an extensive search for a person matching that description; however, no arrests were made.
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