Woman gang-raped by 6 men

Free State police say two sisters were attacked by a large group of men at their home on Sunday.

FILE: Police tape closes off a crime scene. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Free State police say two sisters were attacked by a large group of men at their Virginia home on Sunday.

It's understood a gang of 14 men broke into their shack late at night in Meloding, Virginia, south of Welkom.

The younger sister, 26, was taken to a nearby train station by six of the men where they gang-raped her.

Their eight accomplices stayed behind at the shack and stabbed her 29-year-old sister with a garden spade.

Sergeant Mamello Mokhuoane says the group also tried to rape the older sister but residents heard her screaming and the men then fled the scene.

She added that cases of rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and housebreaking have been registered.

Both women are recovering in hospital.

RAPE STATISTICS ALARMING

Interpol reported last year that South Africa is the world's rape capital and that a woman born in South Africa is more likely to be raped than educated. It's estimated a woman is raped every 17 seconds.

Two separate rape incidents were reported in the Worcester area in recent months.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said at least nine rape matters where police have been accused have been reported in the Western Cape over the past year.

The "Modimolle Monster" rape and murder case that began in April 2012 came to a close on Wednesday 17 July when Judge Bert Bam sentenced Johan Kotze to life behind bars for orchestrating the gang-rape of his ex-wife Ina Bonnette.

He was also sentenced to life for murdering Bonnette's son, Conrad.

Kotze was also given 25 years for kidnapping and assault.