JOHANNESBURG - Nine teenage boys have been arrested on Monday afternoon in connection with the gang-rape of a Free State woman.
The woman and her husband were walking in the early hours of Sunday morning when they were approached by the group, who demanded money and then assaulted the pair.
While the husband ran for help, the young woman was taken to a nearby quarry where she was gang-raped and beaten.
The police's Peter Kareli said there could be more boys involved.
“The victim doesn’t know how many people were there. We are trying to get more information from the very same suspects that we’ve arrested.”
The group will appear in court on Wednesday.
Community members of Zola in Soweto say they are outraged to hear about a church leader being accused of rape.
On Friday, a trainee pastor was arrested for allegedly raping a 29-year-old woman three times in a locked room at the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.
The church is empty and only a few people have been attending services since the incident was reported.
Across the road from the church at a hair salon, 19-year-old Nhlanhla Mbiko says the pastor has a bad reputation.
“I’m not surprised because he’s not a good pastor. He wears spotties (a hat worn by ‘streetwise’ men in the township). He looks like a gangster.”
Community members say they want the church to be closed down, saying that a man who is supposed to be trusted, has now made it unsafe for young girls and women.
The pastor will remain in police custody until his bail application at the end of February.