A 17-year-old girl was gang-raped by three different groups of men on a football pitch after being abducted, say police.
Disturbing details of the attack emerged on Thursday as detectives continued to search for 11 men who are accused of raping the teenager after she was abducted and dragged to the secluded area.
Police said the girl was first attacked by four men, and after they left her for dead she was raped by a group of four men and then a group of three.
Officers who are investigating the shocking crime do not know if the groups knew each other or if they had planned to rape the victim together.
Have you been affected by the incident? Email [email protected]
The incident took place in the small town of Tsolo, South Africa, at around 10pm last Friday, The Citizen reported.
Police said the 17-year-old was walking home from a friend’s house when four unknown assailants grabbed her and dragged her to the football pitch.
Those men were followed by groups of four and three men, who didn’t bother to help her. Instead, they continued to rape the girl.
Eastern Cape provincial police Chief Liziwe Ntshinga condemned the incident and called for justice for the victim, Times Live reported.
A task force has been set up to identify and locate the suspects.
Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana, a police spokesman, said: “According to the information, the victim had accompanied her friend who visited her in her place and as she was returning back home, she met four unknown men who grabbed and dragged her to a nearby soccer field where they all allegedly raped her and left her in the field.
“Further reports indicate that the four suspects were later followed by others in groups of four and three, who continued to rape the victim.”
He said it is unclear at the moment whether the other groups knew each other or had even planned to rape the victim together.
He added: “It is also not clear whether they came from the same place.
“The investigation should uncover all the facts and motives behind this act.”
No-one has been arrested.