It is alleged that on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at about 08:30, police received information of a body of a female lying in bushes between Gelvandale and Algoa park, she sustained multiple stab wounds.
On Friday, January 8, she was identified as Patronicia Mandy Jordaan, 14 from Kobus Road in Helenvale, she was last seen by a relative on Monday, 04 January in Kobus Road.
The 72-hour activation plan was immediately implemented with a task team comprising of Gelvandale detectives, crime intelligence, provincial crime scene investigation, anti-gang unit, public order policing, CIT combatting team and the state pathologist.
Early on Saturday morning, January 9, at about 06:00, the hunt for the suspects began and at about 07:15, the first two suspects were arrested at a house in Old Stanford road.
A few minutes later, three other suspects were rounded up at houses in Bongo and Pienaar streets, all suspects have gang affiliations and are aged between 18-33 years old. Further arrests are expected.
It is further alleged that on Tuesday evening, 05 January at about 21:30, Ms Jordaan was in the company of 12 males at a house in Bongo street which is used for smoking drugs and she was allegedly gang-raped.
At about 03:00 on Wednesday, 06 January, everyone left the house and split up with Ms Jordaan in the company of 6 males and on Thursday, 07 January, her body was discovered.
The arrested suspects will appear in the Port Elizabeth magistrates court on Monday, 11 January on charges of rape and murder.
The provincial commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga applauded the multi-disciplinary team who cracked a case of a gruesome murder and rape of a 14-year-old teenager in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth.
Lt Gen Ntshinga expressed her shock and sadness of such a heinous act of violence against a helpless child.
“Violence against children is totally intolerable therefore we will ensure that these perpetrators are denied bail, the occurrence and societal problem of gender-based violence continues to be a profound and widespread problem in our country. The SAPS further reiterates its commitment to eradicate and eliminate all forms of gender-based violence and we call on our citizens to unite against this sick scourge, Lt Gen Ntshinga said.