Childsex crime continues  

By Drum Digital
12 June 2014

Durban Doctor pleads guilty to 156 charges

The trial of a Durban doctor accused of running a brothel with young girls continues in the Durban Regional Court on Thursday.

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.

On Wednesday the court heard that as many as 35 prostitutes were operating from a hotel owned by Rugnath in Durban's notorious Point Road area.

One of them testified that all the girls were working for Sandile Patrick Zweni, who is accused of operating a prostitution ring from the Inn Town Lodge.

The girl said she stayed at Inn Town Lodge for three years.

Girls as young as 12 allegedly worked as prostitutes from Inn Town Lodge.

The witness named Dlamini and Dubazini as being "runners" for Zweni, making sure that the girls were out on the streets soliciting clients.

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