Rape suspect appears in court

2017-04-06 06:03
 Photo: andile sitholeWaterloo residents protest outside Verulam Magistrate’s Court.

Photo: andile sitholeWaterloo residents protest outside Verulam Magistrate’s Court.

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A MAN accused of raping girls between the age of four and nine in Waterloo appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, March 28.

The accused, Themba Khuzwayo (42), is facing four charges of rape and other cases are still under investigation.

It alleged that Khuzwayo lured the children to his house in Waterloo between 2016 and 2017 and raped them separately.

The accused is an evangelist at Nkazimulo yamaSabatha Church in Waterloo.

Khuzwayo pleaded not guilty on all charges. In a bid to convince the court to grant him bail, he told the magistrate that he is the only breadwinner in his family.

Khuzwayo is to appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on a charge of rape, which is pending for further investigation.

According to the information brought before the court, all the victims were raped on the same day by him. Khuzwayo told court that the children were playing in his yard when one of them fell and injured her vagina.

The investigating officer, Sergeant Yugen Pakkiri, told court he obtained a medical report from two surgeons who examined the children.

Pakkiri said he was still waiting for another report from the surgeon who examined the other two children.

“I came back to work yesterday [Monday] and managed to conduct interviews with the victims and their mothers. I am still waiting for a medical report from the doctor for the other two victims.

“The two victims were sent for examination and doctors confirmed they were penetrated. It is alleged that the accused threatened to kill the victims if they told their parents he had raped them.”

An identification parade was held and the victims identified Khuzwayo.

“The girlfriend of the accused told me she used to leave the children at home in the care of the accused. She also said the accused is HIV positive.

“The accused must be kept in custody until his case is finalised.

“The community is outraged and they are opposing bail.”

One of the victims was the girlfriend’s child.

Khuzwayo was arrested after angry residents swooped in on his girlfriend’s house in Waterloo baying for blood. Parents of the children, who cannot be identified to protect the identity for the children told the Weekly that their children remain very traumatised.

ANC supporters in court said they will oppose bail until the accused is found guilty.

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