Protesters denounce gogo rape suspect

2012-08-04 00:00

ELDERLY women crowded into New Hanover’s small courtroom yesterday, eager to catch a glimpse of the man arrested for the rape of a 94-year-old great-grandmother.

While there were sighs as the police led him into the room in leg irons, the 28-year-old man disappeared almost as quickly as he had appeared, after the case was adjourned until Tuesday for a bail application. The accused looked nervous, biting his lips.

He had been released from prison recently under President Jacob Zuma’s remission of sentences programme, and he faces charges of breaking in with intent to rape, rape and sexual assault.

Outside court, a song by protesters carried the warning “You touch a woman, you touch the rock”.

Top brass from the African National Congress, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the ANC Youth League, mayors and deputy mayors were at the court. Supa Zuma, regional secretary of the ANC for the Moses Madiba region, addressed the crowd.

There have been a number of attacks on elderly people in the Midlands recently.

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