Victim claims ‘Lazarus’ monitored her for 10 days

2013-07-22 00:00

AN 18-year-old woman who has accused Sibusiso “Lazarus” John Gcabashe of raping her several times, said under cross-examination on Friday that Gcabashe kept a close eye on her to stop her from reporting what he was doing to her during a 10-day ordeal.

As the woman spoke, Gcabashe brushed his dreadlocks, smiling and shaking his head. He is facing a string of charges that include impersonating the late Maskandi artist Kwakhe Khulekani Khumalo, also known as Mgqumeni.

The woman testified that she couldn't eat for days after the rape, and that she also got sick and developed sores on her private parts.

Advocate Botha put it to the woman that she didn’t tell anyone about the alleged rapes because they did not happen or because the sex was consensual.

The woman disputed this and said she couldn’t tell anyone because she was scared of the accused, and she did not know what was in the backpack Gcabashe always carried around.

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

The matter was postponed to October for further evidence.

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