Court: Teenager tells court of rape attack in bush

2007-11-13 00:00

A TEARFUL teenager told the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday how a 76-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man from Sobantu kidnapped her, mutilated her genitals with a knife, assaulted and raped her.

The 17-year-old from Cinderella Park said she was on her way home from school on the afternoon of January 19 last year when she was accosted at knifepoint and forced into a bushy area.

In the bush, the second accused Tony Andreas Mkhize allegedly made her lie on the ground and spread her legs. She said Mkhize handed a knife to his co-accused, Thawana Zungu.

Zungu inserted the knife into her vagina and cut out a piece of tissue, which she placed into a plastic packet.

“Mkhize thereafter raped me three times. After he raped me for the third time, Zungu instructed Mkhize to kill me. She said that I will be able to point them out,” she said. But she said that after she pleaded with the accused to let her go and told them she would not tell her family or the police, Mkhize allowed the teenager to go.

After the three-hour ordeal the teenager said she ran home crying and found members of her family.

She was in such a state that she could not talk, but eventually began to tell them what had happened.

“With some family members and a neighbour we went to the bushes where I had been accosted by the accused,” she said.

Describing how the first accused was caught, the girl said a boy from Sobantu who was at a shebeen with her brother in Cinderella Park asked her to describe Zungu. The boy said there was an old lady in Sobantu who was notorious for doing such things.

“We then went to Sobantu and the boy pointed out a house. As he was pointing I saw the old lady and identified her. My brother then contacted the police,” she said.

The matter was postponed until today after the girl complained about a headache.

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