In a disturbing incident that unfolded in Grangetown, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), a suspect is currently being sought by authorities for an alleged forced sexual assault on a man during a shocking encounter on New Year’s Day.
The victim, walking home in a thunderstorm from Verulam CBD to Everest Heights, was offered a lift by the driver of a silver Renault Triber. However, what initially seemed like a helping hand took a sinister turn. The Good Samaritan diverted the route through Grangetown, stopping near a school ground.
Events took a dark twist when the male driver reportedly brandished a firearm, instructing the victim to unzip his pants. The victim recounted a harrowing experience where the suspect allegedly masturbated and berated him for not getting erect quickly enough. The situation escalated further as the suspect allegedly performed oral sex on the victim before dropping him off at his residence.
The victim, shaken by the incident, took the courageous step of reporting the crime to the Verulam South African Police Services (SAPS). Subsequently, a criminal case was registered. Strikingly, the victim later spotted the suspect driving on Russom Street, prompting him to seek immediate assistance from a passing Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) officer.
The Reaction Officer was provided with a case number linked to the incident by the victim, who flagged down the officer near the corner of Russom & Todd Street at approximately 15:46. Despite an intensive search by law enforcement, no arrests have been made in connection with the case.
This disturbing incident highlights the need for continued vigilance and community awareness to prevent such heinous acts. It serves as a stark reminder that safety should always be a priority, especially when accepting assistance from strangers. The Verulam SAPS and Reaction Unit South Africa are actively pursuing leads to apprehend the suspect, emphasizing the commitment to bringing justice to the victim and ensuring the safety of the community.