Job offer lures woman to her rape

2009-11-24 00:00

A 23-YEAR-OLD woman told the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday she was lured into accompanying her alleged rapist — Faizel Mohamed Sayed (35) of Howick West — by the promise of a job, before he subjected her to a two-hour rape ordeal in the forest above Forest Hills School on May 19 last year.

The young woman said, after entering the forest Sayed told her to walk in front. Soon afterwards she felt “something sharp like a knife” pressed against her ribs from behind and he held her shoulder, forcing her to continue walking. When they reached a grassy area, the woman said, Sayed ordered her to remove her skirt and underwear and lie on her back. He produced a condom, which he initially put on, but then removed.

She testified that he raped her for about two hours in a “rough” manner.

On her return home that night, she told a friend what had happened to her, and the next day she went to Edendale hospital to be examined. The police were then notified and took her statement.

The young woman admitted that she did not suffer injuries, but testified that the rape was painful.

She denied that she agreed to have sexual intercourse with Sayed, whom she said she had ne­ver seen before that day.

She was challenged during cross examination by defence advocate Louis Barnard about differences between her evidence and her two statements to police.

Sayed has admitted in his plea before Acting Judge Ben van Heerden and two assessors that he had sexual intercourse with eight of his alleged rape victims, but claims they consented to have sex with him.

He has denied all knowledge of a ninth alleged victim — a 17-year-old girl the state alleges was raped at gunpoint on June 21 last year.

Sayed has also denied that he ever had contact with nine-year-old Howick primary schoolgirl Nombuso Nhlangulela, who va­nished from her school on February 28 last year. Her body was found four days later tied to a tree in Howick. She died of suffocation as a result of having two plastic bags pulled over her head, and a gag consisting of two socks.

The court has heard evidence that the little girl was raped before she was killed.

A DNA expert testified last week that Sayed’s DNA was found on a blouse worn by the child when her body was discovered, but the defence suggested in cross examination that the correct procedures may not have been followed during the postmortem, when the various items of clothing and other exhi­bits were removed from the body and sealed for transportation to the forensic laboratory.

The court also heard evidence yesterday from a 17-year-old Zambian youth, who testified that his younger sister returned to her home country last year two months after an “incident” in May involving a coloured man who offered her a job. His sister said she was scared to continue living in South Africa.

When asked if he was able to recognise Sayed as the man who had gone off with his sister, the youth responded: “It is my first time to see him.”

The case is proceeding.

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