The community of Muldersdrift together with members of the Economic Freedom Frighters (EFF) came in their numbers, baying for the blood of the person who had allegedly raped a minor.
They packed Court D of the Krugersdorp Magistrates’ Court last week. Some whispered while others hurled all sorts of insults when the rape suspect was called to the dock. The suspect, who is in his early forties, appeared before Magistrate Rickets on charges of raping a minor.
The suspect who was untidily dressed in a black jersey and jeans, a scruffy T-shirt and had a tattered hair-do, appeared nervous in the dock, and kept on turning his heads towards the public gallery. According to the police docket, the suspect allegedly enticed the victim, who was accompanied by her two friends, by inviting her on a trip to the airport.
The suspect is also alleged to have requested the two friends to remain behind while he took the victim to the airport. The thought of visiting the airport for the first time and seeing aircraft turned into a nightmare when the suspect took the victim to an open field and raped her.
The suspect subsequently fled and was later arrested in the North West after a tip-off from members of the community. The shocking crime was committed at the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Muldersdrift on 20 January, and the suspect was arrested in August.
The suspect was remanded in custody and the case postponed to 4 October for further investigation and the DNA test results. In the previous court appearance, the suspect abandoned his bail application for fear of being attacked by members of the community.
Investigations revealed that the suspect, who is considered a serial rapist, has three more outstanding rape cases in which a minor and two adults were his victims. He has formally been linked to all three cases.
Kholeka Mandyu, the EFF West Rand District Municipality councillor, was livid when approached for comment.
“The crime against the minor is shocking as the victim’s human rights have been infringed, hence the EFF sought to support the victim in these trying times. The crime committed by the serial rapist is tantamount to terrorism against the minor and did not only cause physical and emotional trauma, but the costs of rape are deeper than perceived,” Mandyu said.
“As a political movement that seeks to advocate women and children’s rights, we call for a harsh sentence. There is sufficient evidence against the rapist to prosecute him. Chapter 3 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 32 of 2007 must be applicable. Therefore, as members of the EFF, we will continue to provide essential assistance and support to the minor and her family since the cognitive, social, psychological and emotional development of the child has also been impacted,” she added.
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