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A brave young South African man was killed while defending his girlfriend from being gang-raped by 6 men in Durban, South Africa.

The girlfriend, 21, was ultimately saved while the boyfriend died on the scene of the crime. She was immediately rushed to a local hospital to treat her severe injuries.

The young lover birds were accosted by the rapists while they enjoyed an evening walk last Friday near the Umgeni River Bird Park, a popular walking and cycle trail.

Seeing the danger for his girlfriend, the young man did his best to defend his girlfriend from being attacked, but was assaulted and killed by the gang who had earlier got out of a Quantum minibus taxi.

R24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said the boyfriend was certified dead at the scene by paramedics.

“The paramedics found the man with fatal injuries. There was nothing that they could do for him and he was declared dead. The woman was treated and taken to the hospital,” Vermaak said.

Police were yesterday hot on the heels of the suspects and appealed to the public for any information they might have on the whereabouts of the minibus taxi to assist them in bringing the suspects to book.

Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said the police were still investigating and were hoping to make arrests soon.

“The investigations are continuing. We are appealing to anyone who might have information about the suspects to contact the local police station,” she said.

Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda condemned the incident and urged police to work around the clock to bring the suspects to book before they continued their criminal activities elsewhere.

“It was unfortunate that the incident happened after other incidents of abuse against women and children in the country, he said.

He was concerned by the allegations that the suspects were travelling in a minibus taxi, a commonly used mode of public transport.

“Following these allegations, we will be engaging with the leaders of the South African National Taxi Council in the province to discuss crimes that involve minibuses, and hopefully, find a solution so that such crimes do not escalate like in other provinces,” he said.

Kaunda urged the public to work with the police by reporting crime so that the perpetrators were caught.

Author: Yemi Olarinre