Rape-accused claims complainant was sex client

By Drum Digital
20 February 2015

A rape-accused from Phola Trust outside Hazyview claimed on Friday that he was a male prostitute, the Nelspruit Regional Court heard.

Jimmy Mkhabela said at least one of the four women accusing him of rape had been his client.

Mkhabela appeared in court alongside co-accused Solomon Abraham Nkosi, 24. They were arrested in 2011 following farm attacks in White River.

Mkhabela faces four charges of rape, one of compelling another person to witness a rape and three of armed robbery.

Nkosi faces three charges of rape, one of compelling another person to witness a rape and three of armed robbery.

They have both pleaded not guilty.

On hearing that the court had DNA evidence linking Mkhabela to one rape, he whispered in his lawyer's ear, instructing him to make a submission to the court.

"It is my instruction that the complainant had consensual sex with my client, as DNA linked him in that regard," said his lawyer, Simon Magagula.

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