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20 year old gang raped and set on fire in anti-gay attack

By Mason White 12:20 PM April 1, 2014
Scene of the incident 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A young man was gang raped and set on fire by a group of men, who hate homosexuals, police in South Africa said.

Lerato Park Police said that a 20-year-old man was allegedly raped and left in a burning room at an empty new housing development.

Residents are furious after the incident, which they believe was a homophobic attack. The victim was visiting from Schmidtsdrift for the weekend when the incident took place.

A neighbor said that five men committed the crime about 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. She got up after seeing flames coming from the house next to hers.

Neighbors quickly rushed over with buckets of water, and as they approach the second floor of the house, a young man came running down the stairs. He said that five men had violated him because he was a homosexual.

Then, they tried to kill him by setting fire to a mattress on which he was raped. He managed to escape. Luckily, only his shoes were burned.

Police arrived at the scene in the late morning, and took the victim to the police station to complete a statement. He was also transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Police launched an investigation into the incident, but so far, no arrests have been made.