A traumatic ordeal involving two students from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Saturday night has resulted in charges of rape, hijacking and murder been investigated by the South African Police.
The tragic incident began at 21:30 when the two students aged 21 and 28 years old were hijacked in North End, Port Elizabeth.
While seated in their car, about six men approached the couple and pointed at them with a firearm. The couple was pushed in the boot of the car and two suspects drove off with their vehicle.
The couple was taken to a beach in Port Elizabeth where the 21 year old woman was raped and her male friend was shot a few meters away from the car.
The suspects drove off with the woman and dropped her off in Central. The incident was reported to police during the early hours of the morning.
An investigation task team was immediately mobilised by the Acting Mount Road Cluster Commander, Brig Ernie Neveling and a manhunt was conducted for the suspects and the missing man.
At about 12:30 pm yesterday, the body of a male was found floating in the sea near Brighton Beach.
The victim’s vehicle, a gold coloured Polo Vivo, registration number HSC 308EC has not yet been recovered.
Police are appealing to anyone who can assist in their investigation in tracing the suspects or the hijacked vehicle to contact D/Capt ‘Klippie’ Killian of SAPS Mount Road on 083 391 2377 or Constable Nkaza 082 442 1384 or 08600 10111.
All information reported to police will be treated as strictly confidential.