MPUMALANGA police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma has cautioned motorists to be wary of people on the side of the road looking for help.
This warning comes after a 36-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two unknown suspects in what seemed to be a roadside scam in Bushbuckridge.
According to the police, the woman was driving home last week when a half-naked woman appeared from the bushes and attempted to stop her. She appeared to be asking for help.
Police spokesman Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said after driving a few metres, the victim decided to drive back. Immediately after stopping her car, the half-naked woman disappeared and a man popped up out of the bush. He was wearing a balaclava and pointed a firearm at her.
Sedibe said the suspect got into the car and instructed the woman to drive towards the Injaka dam. He invited his friend to come along.
“When they got there the victim tried to escape but the suspect fired a shot, forced her to undress and they both took turns raping her. They robbed her of an undisclosed amount of money, a cellphone and other belongings, and then fled in a green VW Citi Golf,” said Sedibe.
No one has been arrested and police are looking for the suspects, including the woman who appeared to be asking for help. Anyone with information that could lead to the suspects’ arrest is urged to call Constable Dolly Marule on 072 969 1985 or phone the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.