‘Preacher’ tells court of his life

2016-09-15 06:00

A50 year old spaza shop owner is facing 14 counts of rape and sexual assault of minor children in Kuyasa.

This was revealed during his cross examination in a bail application at the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court, on Monday and Tuesday.

The man is facing three rape counts and 11 counts of sexual assault of children between the ages of seven and 14.

He told the state prosecutor that he is intending to plead not guilty to all charges should the court ask him to plead in a date which is yet to be announced.

The accused told the court that he needed bail because a stomach operation performed in 2013 was giving him problems and that his house was vacant as his wife is away in Joburg.

He told the court that he was shot eight times during a robbery at his spaza shop in 2007 which saw him undergoing an operation on his stomach to remove two bullets.

The accused said he last visited the doctor to examine his operation in 2013.

He said the operation is painful and also that it is causing him to “feel like fainting.”

The prosecutor suggested that the man was exaggerating his claims regarding the operation.

“You never consulted a doctor before you were arrested in August and also a doctor after you were detained in Pollsmoor Prison.

He then told the court that his brother is in fact looking after the house as he stays in the backrooms and that he has keys to the main house.

The prosecutor also said Sanco in the area, together with the residents, submitted a petition opposing his release in bail.

His personal life also came to light.

He said his wife, whom he married 26 years ago left in February in search of a job in Gauteng and that he has four children aged between 33, 27, 25, and 16.

The accused said he also sells clothes and lends out money to residents in the area.

The man told the court that he is popular in the area and he goes by the nickname of “Tata Umzalwane”, for his strong Christian values.

He said he was once arrested after he stabbed a man with a glass on his shoulder during a fight, but that the case against him was later withdrawn.

He said he also sustained a stab wound in the fight. However, he could not tell the court when this incident took place.

Sweat on his face which he continuously wiped-out with his blue towel and nervous body twitches, were also noticeable during his testimony.

At times, he chose not to answer some of the questions put to him.

But Magistrate Xolani Menyiwe, who kept-on reminding him about his right not to answer some of the questions, warned him that he must exercise the right with caution as he might be hiding information that would help him to be released on bail.

Menyiwe then postponed the bail hearing to Thursday and that he is going to prioritise the case after residents who were packed in court complained that it was dragging too long.

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