‘We saw the gun and fled’

2009-09-21 00:00

THE high court in Pietermaritzburg will today hear legal arguments in the trial of 25-year-old Zwelithini Sibiya and two youths in connection with an incident in which a schoolteacher was hijacked, assaulted and raped twice in a forest on the road between Richmond and Donnybrook on March 13.

The youths, aged 16 and 17 years’ old, told Judge Achmat Jappie and two assessors on Friday that they fled the scene of the incident after they saw Sibiya pull out a firearm and point it at a white male motorist who stopped to help the teacher.

The youngest accused denied the victim’s evidence that he participated in an assault on her at the roadside and that he tried to force her into the boot of her Toyota Corolla car.

He said he did not know beforehand that Sibiya was armed.

The youth denied that he pulled up the handbrake of the car to force it to a halt.

However, he said, he saw the other youth grab hold of the teacher as she drove, causing the motor vehicle to jerk and switch off.

He said he stood at the side of the road and when the motorist stopped and he saw Sibiya pull out a gun, both he and the other youth ran away.

Sibiya has denied any involvement in the robbery of the woman’s car, as well as her rape.

In her testimony last Thursday, the victim identified Sibiya as her rapist. She testified that a motorist stopped as she was being assaulted and forced into the boot of her car by the three accused, but that Sibiya fired a shot at him, causing him to drive off.

She said Sibiya hit her, shot her in her arm and forced her into the bush, threatening to kill her.

He raped her, then tied her petticoat round her mouth, bound up her wound and tied her to a tree.

He left, but later returned and raped her a second time.

She was eventually found and freed by police.

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