Three women involved in the bizarre ritualistic sex attacks that have plagued Harare and Gweru town for over two years, have appeared in court charged with indecent assault. In a spate of attacks that have claimed dozens of victims, male hitchhikers have been drugged and assaulted by female rapists who collect their semen before dumping their victims.
According to New Zimbabwe
the women were arrested one week ago following a road accident in which a pedestrian was run over and killed. Rosemary Chakwizira, 24, Sophie Nhokwara, 26, and Netsai Nhokwara, 24, aroused suspicions at the accident scene as they requested that they be allowed to retrieve a bag of 31 used condoms from the boot of the car. Thulani Ngwenya, 24, the male driver, was also arrested.
The rapes appear to be have been committed in order to collect semen, though it has not yet been established to what purpose. Zim Diaspora
says that there have been reports of sperm fetching high prices from traditional healers in South Africa. As the trio were held in police custody at Gweru Central Police Station, an angry mob of gathered outside demanding justice. New Zimbabwe quoted a local resident saying
"People should be given a chance to see these people. We want to know what they were doing with the semen."
In March this year the women gave a lift to 19-year-old male and then sprayed him with chemicals that made him dizzy. Prosecutor Michael Reza said they
“then allegedly forced the teenager to be intimate with the three of them using condoms. After this, they secured the used condoms containing semen before leaving him unconscious after spraying the unknown substance at him." (News 24)
Other victims included a policeman and a soldier. It is alleged that they threatened the soldier with a pistol, saying they would shoot him if he refused to have sex with them.
The women are detained in custody pending their next court appearance and have been denied bail.