News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Sunday September 15th 2019

Rape victim’s family fear accused will get bail


The family of a 15-year-old mentally disabled rape victim were pleased the bail application for the two men accused of the crime was postponed by the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court yesterday as they fear their return to the area.

The accused age 27 and 29 have pleaded not guilty to the charges of rape, following an incident in 35A section, Harare Khayelitsha, where the 15 year old girl was raped on May 16.

Magistrate Richard Skhwivhili said he was taking leave and wouldn’t be able to finish the bail application process.

Although the suspects, who were arrested on May 17 after being severely beating in a vigilante attack by residents, looked disappointed, the victim’s family said they were pleased the matter was postponed as they feared for their daughter’s safety should the pair be granted bail.

The rape is alleged to have taken place in a shack the pair were asked to look after while the owner was away.

The girl’s mother said the frequency of her daughter’s epileptic attacks had increased since she was raped.

However, she had returned to school and was hopefully to receive counselling soon.

She did not look forward to the court appearances, she said.

“Always when the court date is close I become sick, I’m always scared of the outcome. My daughter seems better, but I do not know how she will react if they can come out (be released). We still need to go for counselling, we only went once early this month.”

She said she was struggling to come to terms with what happened.

“I can’t even look at them (the accused) because they knew my daughter,” she said.

State prosecutor Amanda Koopman submitted to the court that accused number one in the case had a similar rape case pending before the court.

It was allege by residents that he had raped a 13-year-old mentally challenged girl in the same area.

The 13-year-old girl’s mother said doctors at Site B hospital confirmed her daughter had been raped.

Skhwivhili postponed the case till September 16. – Nombulelo Damba



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