[Follow-up] Gruesome details about rape of disabled woman

Protesters gathered outside the court with posters saying that the accused should serve his time. Photo: George Xolelizwe

Infuriated community members gathered outside the Kagiso Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 11 April to support the family of a 20-year-old mentally disabled woman who was allegedly raped by the accused on Saturday, 25 March.

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The crowd was opposing the granting of bail to the accused because, according to them, he took advantage of the victim’s disability

“He knew she wouldn’t have been able to resist him because of her disability,” the woman’s father said to the protesting crowd.

It is believed the accused lured the woman to his home in Kagiso on Saturday, 25 March at about 3pm, while her parents were attending a function.

The family returned later that evening and couldn’t find their daughter. They searched in all the places they could possibly think of, but only found her the next day.

Protesters gathered outside the court with posters saying that the accused should serve his time.

It is alleged the family went to the accused’s house. The accused allegedly didn’t want to open the door for them. Then, the woman’s father called her name repeatedly and she allegedly answered by saying ‘Yes, Daddy, I’m here.’

The family contacted the Kagiso Police, who arrived shortly after. They raided the house and found the woman and the accused.

The woman was taken into the custody of the police’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, who took her for a rape kit. The suspect was remanded in custody and appeared in court on 6 April.

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“A crowd of protesters made up of members of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco), the Mogale City Zonal Task Team (ZTT), the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), and the ANC, as well as teachers, students, and family members of the victim gathered outside the court,” said George Xolelizwe, the Chairperson of Sanco Ward 11 and Acting Chairperson of the ZTT.

The accused’s bail application was denied and he appeared in court a week later, on Tuesday, 11 April. The same group of protesters danced and sang outside the courtroom.

A crowd of protesters made up of members of Sanco, the Mogale City ZTT, the ANCYL, and the ANC, plus teachers, students, and family members of the victim gathered outside the court.
Photos: George Xolelizwe.

The father told the aggressive protesters outside the court that the accused forcefully took the woman to his house on that day and repeatedly raped her. Unrest prevailed when the accused entered the courtroom.

“In his bail application, the accused allegedly didn’t make any reference to the alleged deeds, but rather focused on his role as father and sole breadwinner for his two children and wife,” said Xolelizwe. “The Magistrate denied bail and postponed the case to give the accused time to prepare an affidavit.”

Protesters gathered outside the court with posters saying that the accused should serve his time.
Photo: George Xolelizwe

The case was also postponed for further investigation.

The angry protesters sang struggle songs and danced in front of the court doors, demonstrating their dissatisfaction with the accused’s alleged barbaric behaviour.

The case was postponed to Friday, 26 May.

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Bianca Pindral
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