“A woman is raped every sixteen seconds in South Africa.” —South African Government Statistics 2012
Four women have had their faces eaten off while being brutally raped. Detectives Timothy Sauer and George Hobbs from the Serious Crimes Unit, are assigned to the cases and have to deal with missing evidence, a corrupt state and bribery within the South African Police Services.
She stirred in her sleep. He watched the bed for signs of her waking, his knife gripped tightly in his hand.
She sighed and turned over. He exhaled slowly and composed himself. He walked to the side of the bed and sat on the edge next to her. He looked at her sleeping form under the sheet. He put the knife on the table next to her bed and then slowly pulled the sheet from her.
As he expected, she was naked. Her fat stomach wobbled as she breathed. Her huge breasts flopped onto her arm. Most women do indeed look better with their clothes on, he thought to himself. Her mouth was slightly open. She was probably drooling. He deliberately thought of the pleasure ahead to restore his erection. With the rhythm of her deep breathing he began stroking himself.
The stench woke her up. At first she thought that her cat might have vomited somewhere in her bedroom. The cat did it sometimes after eating a rat or gecko. She turned over and tried pulling the sheet tightly over her shoulders. It was stuck somewhere. She tucked harder. She wanted to pull it over her head as if to forget about the stench. In her befuddled mind she hoped the smell would go away. It didn’t. It got worse. She stretched for the bedside lamp and flicked it on.
At first her eyes struggled to focus on the man sitting on her bed. She babbled incoherently, thinking she sounded clear. She was formulating thousands of questions in her mind. Who are you? What are you doing here? Why are you naked? What stinks so? Why is your face smeared black? Why, why, why…Then she screamed. Not loudly, because phlegm was stuck in her throat. She cleared her throat and screamed again. This time her scream pierced her own ears.