Nicolette: Tokoloshe raped me

2011-11-10 00:00

ALL THREE accused appeared to be possessed by the Devil with “manifestations of demons”, the pastor who was assigned to consult them the morning after the Lotter murders told the high court in Durban yesterday.

Before he testified, Nicolette Lotter took the stand claiming to have been sexually violated by a “tokoloshe”.

Pastor Leon van Assenderp said Mathew Naidoo was forced to the floor during the consultation by a force that was out of the world and that muffled in between his crying were strange voices and groaning.

He showed the court an inventory that Hardus Lotter had drawn for him showing the various angels and demons, their hierarchy and names.

Van Assenderp said, “Hardus and Nicolette were clearly remorseful, but Naidoo was more concerned about his girlfriend and kept asking me to take letters to her.

“Hardus threw himself on my wife who was with me at the time and began to cry uncontrollably. When my colleague, also a pastor touched Mathew’s shoulder he screamed in agony, ‘You are burning me’, which was also evidence of possession.”

That night, Van Assenderp said, he and his wife discussed the night’s events and they agreed that the courts would never understand what they had just experienced.

Assenderp said Nicolette told him Naidoo had a very strong spiritual influence on her and her brother.

Van Assenderp stopped visiting Naidoo after his own pastor had taken over.

“I also felt as if he was trying to manipulate me to take letters to Nicolette and that the conversations were not leading to any constructive end.”

The pastor told the court that he was no stranger to dealing with the “Devil-possessed” and had worked in Zimbabwe and in Brazil on similar missions.

“Almost every murder can be as a result of a manifestation and if we conduct deliverance the Devil does surface,” he said.

In her testimony Nicolette described how a “tokoloshe” had sexually violated her while she stayed with her parents in Westville and “witchcraft” had forced her to seek assistance in a charismatic Pentecostal Church in Phoenix.

She told the court, “When our maid was at home I would cry uncontrollably and only stopped when she left. It was very odd.

“Then later I started finding dried dead frogs on the driveway, snake skin on the doorway and a chicken foot in the lounge and I was convinced that our maid was doing witchcraft.

“At night I would have the most awful nightmares; my hair would be pulled till I cried and I would be sexually violated by something evil.”

Nicolette claimed to have gone to her family pastor and sought help from friends from college, but they all thought she was “crazy”.

Nicolette was studying popular music and jazz at the Durban University of Technology at the time.

“It was at a gig in uShaka and because I was so desperate for help I started talking to a Pastor Richard in a taxi who prayed for me there and then,” she said.

She said she kept in contact with Richard and eventually agreed to meet him at his church in Phoenix.

“I went to the church in Sashtri Park, Phoenix, on several occasions and finally met Mathew, whom I found loud and irritating.”

She said Naidoo told her that he was sent by God to help her and that he was a prophet.

“When I did go home Mathew started SMSing me and before long we were in a relationship.

“When we were intimate that was the first time I felt free of the tokoloshe.

“Eventually Naidoo started coming home and my dad never took to him, but my mum did have a soft spot for him,” she said.

“Hardus also didn’t like him at first, but Mathew told him he was a racist and manipulated him. Eventually the two seemed close like brothers,” she said.

“Naidoo bought me a thin gold ring and said that he will marry me one day. At the time I wanted to live in Phoenix with him and be away from the evil spirits in my house.”

Nicolette said she and her brother had a very good relationship with their parents and that they were happy.

“Mathew convinced us that our parents were evil, even that [my father] had raped us as toddlers.

“He told us that God had blocked it from our memories to protect us.”

The hearing continues today.

• rowan.sewchurran@witness.co.za

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