Two Nelson Mandela Bay university students were held hostage and raped for 12 hours by a minibus taxi driver who had given them a lift from the university’s Summerstrand south campus.
Police spokesman Constable Mncedi Mbombo said the women, aged 19 and 20, were from Limpopo and were in residence on campus.
They had wanted to be dropped off at a friend’s home in Norwich Street, Central, when they got into the taxi at about 6pm on Wednesday.
The women cannot be named because of the nature of the crime. “At the time [they boarded], only the driver and the conductor were inside,” Mbombo said.
“The women asked to be taken to the bus terminus in Central, but the driver took them into the New Brighton area instead, where he then dropped off his conductor before threatening the women with a firearm.
“The women said the driver took them to a shady place in the location which they do not know. “
In that area, he [allegedly] raped the 20-year-old before driving them to an unidentified RDP house.”
Mbombo said the man had parked the minibus outside the house, and then forced the women inside. “He then allegedly raped the second woman,” he said.
“The man kept the women at the house until 6am [yesterday], when they were simply freed.
“The two women managed to run to a nearby shopping centre, where people took them to the police station.”
Both women were taken to Dora Nginza Hospital for treatment.