Child sex ring case continues

By Drum Digital
02 December 2014

The trial of a Durban doctor accused of running a brothel with young girls is expected to resume in the Durban Regional Court.

The trial of a Durban doctor accused of running a brothel with young girls is expected to resume in the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday.

Dr Genchen Rugnath is charged along with his wife Ravina, Sandile Patrick Zweni, Nonduzo Dlamini and Bhabha Dubazini.

They have all pleaded not guilty to 156 charges, including assault, rape, sexual exploitation of a child, and racketeering.

Zweni allegedly operated a prostitution ring from the Inn Town Lodge.

Rugnath has claimed he knew nothing about prostitution at the Inn Town Lodge, in the Point Road area, known for its red-light activities, and that he left the running of the hotel to Budhram.

His wife claimed she was a housewife and had no involvement in running the hotel.

On Monday, Veena Budhram, the former manager of the Inn Town Lodge and the Down Town Lodge in Durban, told the court that Ravina assaulted her because she ignored an instruction to have Indian staff at reception.

Budhram, who was based at the Down Town Lodge, said she once received a call from Ravina instructing her to place Indian staff at reception or to work there herself if she could not, as she not was happy with her employing blacks at the hotels.

Budhram said she ignored the instruction as it was at the end of the month and she needed to balance the business's books.

A few hours later, Ravina then allegedly assaulted her.

"I was pushed around, kicked, I was on the floor," Budhram told the court.

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