North West Premier Thandi Modise has called on traditional leaders, politicians across the political spectrum, pastors, celebrities and sports men to stand up to be counted in order to give the anti-rape campaign impetus. Premier Modise made the plea in condemning the gang rape of a 33 year old hitch hiker by six men.
"Rape has reached alarming and unacceptable levels and calls for united action therefore real men need to stand up to be counted against sexual violence which cuts across race, gender and class.' said Modise
The Premier appeals to members of the community who could have witnessed the incident or saw those responsible for the ghastly act to come forward with information that might assist police in their investigations.
According to police, the man was hitch hiking from Rustenburg to Kroondal on his way from work when a white Toyota Hilux with six male occupants stopped to offer him a lift at around 17h00 on Thursday afternoon.
It is alleged that along the way the suspects demanded the victim's wallet with intentions to rob him but found it empty. Instead of stopping at Mooinooi where the man was supposed to alight, the suspects supposedly drove into nearby bushes where they allegedly injected the victim with an unknown drug.
The suspects purportedly put a plastic bag on the victim's head and took turns raping him before leaving him in the bushes.
According to Spokesperson of the North West Police, Brigadier Thulane Ngubane, those who came to the man's rescue took him to Job Shimakana Provincial Hospital in Rustenburg.
Issued by: North West Office of the Premier