Cops trying to trace man in rape probe

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Police have issued a picture of a person of interest in the abduction and rape of a 24-year-old NMMU student earlier this month.

The student was raped, beaten with a pole and left for dead in bushes near Schoenmakerskop.

Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said only that the picture was of a person of interest.

“Due to the sensitively of the case, we are not at liberty to provide further details,” she said.

The two attackers tried to shoot the victim after the rape, but the gun jammed and they then bludgeoned her repeatedly with a steel pole.

After they fled, believing she was dead, the brutalised young woman, staggered about a kilometre through the bushes in the restricted Driftsands reserve, which borders Schoenmakerskop.

She was abducted after a night of partying at Cafe Loxion in Parliament Street, Central, and at a friend’s flat.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the person in the picture, can contact Detective Sergeant Sonika van der Merwe on 071-475-2309.

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