Numerous robbery and rape incidents around Simunye and Zuurbekom

South African Police Service

Numerous robbery and rape incidents around Simunye and Zuurbekom
Numerous robbery and rape incidents around Simunye and Zuurbekom. Photo: SAPS

The Carletonville Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offence unit has released an identity kit of a suspect believed to be involved in an attempted rape incident that happened on the 21 January 2022.

The victim was allegedly walking along the open veld in Simunye when she was accosted by the suspect armed with a knife. The suspect demanded her cellphone and when she could not give the cellphone he dragged her far into the open veld and attempted to rape her.

The victim was rescued by two unknown males who saw the act as they were about to pass. The suspect ran and disappeared into the veld. The males then accompanied the victim home and she later reported the matter to the police.

The suspect is said to be between 25 and 28 years old. He is slender build, and 1,7m tall. He was wearing a blue jean with a red and yellow jersey with a white beanie.

The suspect is still on the run however investigation is underway.

The Bekkersdal SAPS has noted with concern incidents where victims are either raped inside their homes or whilst on their way home. The most affected areas are Simunye and Zuurbekom.

Armed suspects either 3 to 4 males, would pounce from nowhere threaten and rob their victims of their valuables then later drag them into the open veld before taking turns in raping them.

We are making an appeal to the community at large to avoid walking along secluded areas alone specifically during the night as they fall prey to the perpetrators of crime. Gender based violence is regarded as a pandemic therefore all who are found to be in the wrong side of the law must be dealt with harshly.

We would also like to encourage the community members to increase their security measures around their dwelling places to deter or delay the suspects when breaking into their homes. This might afford the victim time to call for help.

Anyone with information that could lead to the solving of this cases may contact the police on Crime Stop no 08600 10111 alternatively send an anonymous tip off via the MySAPS App that can be downloaded on any smartphone.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service