The two girls, aged 21 and 25, live in the high-security St. Augustine complex in Mangold Park, Port Elizabeth. Police Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg reports the attackers managed to get through 22-strand, high-voltage fence and other security measures. The home invaders did not loot the apartment.
The attack came on the eve of the ludicrously-named ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence‘. “It shows that these men have no respect for the campaign,” said the girls’ mother, who has had to throw out the living room couch where the attack took place.
“They didn‘t only rape my kids; they raped my soul,” the mother told local daily The Herald. I wish I could just lock the girls up in a room with me and protect them from everything and everyone.” The girls have had to move to their family farm to escape the trauma of being raped in their own home.
“They‘re petrified,” said their mother. “Their body language has changed completely. One is a closed book, like she‘s lost her soul [....] Our lives have been shattered, but my daughters say that they will not let this get them down.“The assailants may have taken their bodies, but they will not take away their spirit.”
No arrests have yet been made but police are still investigating.