‘I started lying after rape’

2013-02-08 00:00

THE credibility of a young woman who accused a Durban advocate of rape came under sustained attack in the high court in Durban yesterday.

The 23-year-old admitted to a pattern of lying that she said developed after advocate Mayakisten Govindasamy allegedly raped her about three years ago.

“I lied to get out of certain things and hide the truth and made sure that some things were not revealed. I guess I always did this to protect myself.”

She was responding to a question by Govindasamy’s lawyer, Murray Pitman, when asked if she had a propensity to lie.

At school, she once took her brother’s cellphone and then blamed domestic staff, who nearly lost their jobs.

Moments later, she denied knowledge of an Internet profile for expatriates on which she appeared, under a fictitious profile as someone living in Sri Lanka.

Thereafter she claimed she had never fibbed about herself on Facebook, but then admitted how she lied on the social networking site about a break-in that led to charges of perjury being brought against her by police in Cape Town.

She also lied to the same police officers, telling them she was British, reading for a master’s degree in law at University of Cape Town, when she was actually studying towards a bachelor of social science and was in her second year. She also claimed to have been born in 1986, when in fact she was born in 1991.

When asked why she had lied about these things, she said it was part of her persona and at the time she felt as though she was one and the same with the images she portrayed to authorities. All this, she claimed, happened after her ordeals with Govindasamy.

In his affidavit, Govindasamy claimed that the complainant suffered from multiple personality disorders.

Govindasamy has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault. The trial continues today.

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