Complainant ‘fed up’

2015-05-03 20:22

A WOMAN who has charged a policeman with rape and attempted murder became emotional in court on Thursday, saying she was “tired” of the defence questioning her and wanted to go home.

This prompted Pietermaritzburg regional magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa to explain to her that the defence had a constitutional right to test her evidence. He also frequently advised the woman during cross examination to “cool down” and to answer the defence calmly.

The woman, who cannot be named, admitted during questioning by defence advocate Brad Osborne, that contrary to the impression she’d previously created she was not a “former sex worker” but is still working as a prostitute.

The glamorous 31-year-old wore knee-high white boots, denim Bermuda shorts with a white T-shirt and a short denim jacket. Her ­immaculately straightened hair was tiedback into a pony-tail and she wore large silver earrings.

The woman has alleged in evidence that ­Pietermaritzburg policeman Riaan van Rensburg (45) drove her to a plantation in Hilton where he raped her twice while wearing a condom, and made her perform another sexual act on June 14, 2013.

She alleges after the rape he’d stabbed her through her hand with a small silver knife after instructing her to “kneel down and pray”. She eventually succeeded in running away.

Van Rensburg denies the allegations.

The victim became agitated when Osborne suggested to her in cross examination that she’d misled the court into thinking she was married and a former sex worker, when that wasn’t the case. He said the impression was created when the state asked for her evidence to be heard in-camera because she did not want her “in-laws” to learn about her past.

“I am here to testify about what is in my statement … my personal life has nothing to do with this case,” she responded.

The woman said she stopped working as a prostitute after she got injured but later resumed working.

The woman denied under cross examination that Van Rensburg had approached her as a prostitute and that the sex they’d had was by consent.

She maintains he asked her to “go out” with him after seeing her in the parking lot of a shopping centre at Mayor’s Walk and said it was only when they were already driving that she told him she was a sex worker.

She said she does “not operate from the streets”.

She advertises on the Internet and arranges to meet “customers” at her home or at their place. “Sometimes a client will book me for a whole night for R2 000,” she said.

She disputed that she would have agreed to have sex with Van Rensburg in a plantation.

She became upset after Osborne questioned why she should have become “frightened” — as she alleges she did — when Van Rensburg drove into the plantation.

Initially she refused to answer but later said she thought he was going to rape or kill her.

“I would not have agreed to have sex in the plantation having left my own place and not having been paid,” she said.

The case is proceeding this week

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