Mother tells of daughters’ ordeal

2013-10-09 00:00

A HEARTBROKEN mother testifying at the Pietermaritzburg regional court said that both her daughters had been affected by the actions of Sibusiso “Lazarus” John Gcabashe and that one, who had fallen in love with him, is the mother of his child.

She was giving evidence n a rape count faced by Gcabashe.

The mother, who cannot be named to protect the rape victim, told the court that after her younger daughter went missing with Gcabashe, she had discovered that he was already the father of her older daughter’s child.

The older daughter had fallen in love with him after he had arrived in the area in 2009 claiming that he had been hijacked.

Two years later, her younger daughter (18) went missing.

The mother said after searching for her for three days in November 2011, she reported her disappearance to police.

She said she had received a call from David Mthethwa from Durban telling her to come and fetch her daughter from his house after Gcabashe had abandoned her there.

Under cross-examination by advocate John Botha, she said she asked her daughter what had happened to her during the kidnapping.

“She told me that she was asked by Gcabashe to accompany him as he was going to fetch his cellphone. But they did not collect the cellphone anywhere. He took her without her consent and raped her several times in different places while he was with her.”

She said they were all upset by what had happened to her younger daughter.

The mother admitted that she did not report having found her daughter to the police or that she had been raped.

“I was glad that she was back and I did not even know where to find Gcabashe after this.”

They later opened a case of rape after recognising Gcabashe from a story which appeared in a Durban-based Zulu newpaper in which he was alleged to have impersonated the late Maskandi musician Kwakhe Khulekani Khumalo, also known as Mgqumeni. He claimed he had been resurrected in February 2012.

As the mother testified, Gcabashe was seated quietly in the accused dock, with his dreadlocks covering his face.

He was smartly dressed with a new pair of jeans, a golf shirt and designer sneakers and was seen shaking his head in dispute of what was said by the witness. Later his advocate Botha said Gcabashe will tell the court that he doesn’t know the witness.

The mother answered by saying the clothing he was wearing on the last day he was at Ixopo were the same clothes he was pictured wearing in the newspaper.

Gcabashe is charged with three counts of theft allegedly committed in Durban, kidnapping, assault and rape allegedly committed at Ixopo, impersonating Khumalo, fraud, and an attempted escape from custody at Nquthu.

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