Police are investigating after a woman was reportedly repeatedly raped at Lusito Land, a popular annual festival celebrating Portuguese culture, in Johannesburg this weekend.
According to The Times, the 19-year-old woman was found unconcious in a toilet. She was assisted by paramedics at the scene, and was transported to hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
Gauteng police made an appeal for anyone with information about the attack to come forward.
"We have very little information and are appealing to people who know what happened to come forward," the newspaper quoted Gauteng provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini as saying.
The woman's family had used social networking site Twitter on Saturday night in an attempt to obtain more information about what had happened.
One of her uncle's tweets read: “#Lusito my neice [sic] has just been found naked, unconscious and possibly raped in ladies toilet at Lusitoland. In emergency room at Mulbarton."
In a statement issued on Sunday, Lusito Land organisers said that safety at the event was important: "Since the show's inception safety and security are our priority. We work in conjunction with a Joint Operations Committee (JOC), these role players include several members from SAPS including the mounted unit, members on quad bikes and several members on foot patrol."