‘God will punish you!’

2009-12-03 00:00

AN alleged kidnap and rape victim of Faizel Sayed (35) of Howick West told the high court in Pietermaritzburg that a couple who heard her crying in the forest near Liberty Midlands Mall rescued her, injured and bleeding, from Sayed.

Sayed has denied all knowledge of an attack on the young woman, which allegedly took place near the mall last June.

He said at the start of the trial that he had sexual intercourse by consent with eight other adolescents and young women, who have charged him with rape.

He also denies all knowledge of the murder and rape of nine-year-old Nombuso Nhlangulela, whose body was discovered in Howick four days after her disappearance from her primary school, on February 28 last year.

Sayed faces 29 counts of murder, kidnapping, rape and robbery arising from the incidents. which took place between February and June last year. He has pleaded not guilty to all of them.

The young woman who testified yesterday was 17 years old at the time of the alleged incident.

She described in her evidence, before Acting Judge Ben van Heerden and two assessors, how she was threatened at gunpoint and repea­tedly slapped, punched and kicked when she resisted Sayed’s orders.

In the forest, he raped her using his fingers and she cried out in pain, the court heard.

The woman said she heard a male voice asking what was happening. Sayed then assaulted her once more for having “screamed” by kicking her with his booted feet and striking her with her own shoes, she said.

He gathered his own jeans, picked up a plastic bag containing cellphones as well as the victim’s jacket and then fled, calling her a “b**ch”.

The young woman said a couple whom she did not know approached her and offered her assistance. “Because my clothing was full of blood, the gentleman suggested to the girl that she should give me a towel to wipe myself,” she testified.

She said she was bleeding from her nose, mouth and her private parts.

She alleged that he also bit her little finger when she tried to push him off her.

The woman said the ordeal began after she was approached and offered a job. She accompanied Sayed in a white bakkie, driven by an Indian man in his twenties. There were two other females in the bakkie.

The vehicle stopped under a bridge on a dirt road, en route to Li­berty Midlands Mall, and there she was forced to alight with Sayed while the vehicle drove off.

Another alleged teenage victim of Sayed yesterday broke down weeping during her cross-examination. “God will punish you,” she shouted at Sayed moments after the court adjourned. He responded with words to the effect that she was a liar, before she was ushered out of court. Her evidence proceeded after she was given time to compose herself.

The case is continuing.

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