Child sex case postponed over ill magistrate

2014-12-02 13:15
Dr Genchen Rugnath (File, Sapa)

Dr Genchen Rugnath (File, Sapa)

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Durban - The trial of a Durban doctor accused of running a brothel with young girls was postponed in the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday.

Magistrate Simphiwe Hlophe, who is presiding over the trial, was ill and the case would continue on Wednesday.

Dr Genchen Rugnath, his wife Ravina, Sandile Patrick Zweni, Nonduzo Dlamini and Bhabha Dubazini, 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 lodge, in the Point Road area, known for its red-light activities, and that he left the running of the hotel to Veena Budhram.

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

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

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