No bail for granny ‘rapist’

2012-08-08 09:25

Ntuthuko Khulekani Ndlela (26), the man accused of brutally raping a 94-year-old granny from Swayimane, KwaZulu-Natal, has been denied bail.

Ndlela made his third appearance yesterday at the New Hanover Magistrates’ Court.

He faces a charge of rape and a separate charge of robbery. Ndlela allegedly committed these crimes following his release through President Jacob Zuma’s special remission of sentence.

While yesterday’s heavy rains might have prevented women from the rural community of Swayimane in KwaZulu-Natal’s Midlands from toyi-toying, their presence was felt as they packed the public court gallery.

One of those in attendance, Sizeni Khanyile (56), said the most frustrating thing for her was not being able to scream and shout in court to celebrate when Ndlela was denied bail.

“We wanted to ululate and shout. But we were strictly warned about making a noise so we behaved,” she told City Press afterwards.

The 94-year-old’s daughter-in-law said her mother-in-law was recovering well.

The case was remanded until August 28.

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