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Eastern Cape man facing 97 charges

2012-06-06 11:27

Johannesburg - A man facing as many as 33 charges of rape and 33 of attempted murder will appear in the Alberton Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

He is accused of raping 33 girls between the ages of 10 and 14. He also faces 33 counts of attempted murder.

Outside court banners of the rights group Women and Men Against Child Abuse read: "Speed up justice for child victims" and "No bail for child abusers" were posted against walls.

Women and Men Against Child Abuse spokesperson Tania Otto said a new magistrate, prosecutor and defence attorney had been assigned to the trial as the others were elsewhere engaged.

Forensic evidence

When the matter was initially placed on the court roll during the man's last appearance in May, his DNA could be linked to 33 cases, prosecutor Joyce Xakaza told the court.

She said forensic evidence gathered since then connected him to dozens of other crimes.

Asked how many, she told the magistrate: "In a nutshell, in the high court there will be plus-minus 97 charges laid against the accused."

At the moment, the accused had been linked by DNA to 40 other cases, but this number could rise.

"Other charges include attempted murder and other sexual offences," Xakaza said.

The man cannot be named at this stage as he has not pleaded yet to the charges against him.

Xakaza said investigations would continue and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) asked for three months in order to draft the indictment.

33 dockets to go through

"Give us enough time to investigate the matter... It's a huge and big case that needs to be investigated properly," she said.

"I must indicate that the matter is still under investigation, taking into consideration that we have more than 33 dockets to go through," Xakaza said.

Earlier, the defence said it could not continue with the bail application unless it had details of the charges against the 40-year-old man.

"The defence can't proceed with the bail application, and wishes to request a copy of the contents of the case docket or the indictment," Legal Aid Board attorney Londiwe Shange told the court.

"The defence can't be rushed into a bail application without knowing the complexity of the charges."

The State objected, saying the indictment and contents of the docket could only be made available for the purposes of a plea or trial.

Girls lured into veld

However, Saulse ruled that copies of the documents be made available to the defence.

"The applicant should be granted access to parts of the State's documents.... The court will order that the State has the right to deny access [only] to parts of the docket that will interfere with investigations or State witnesses," said Saulse.

The man wore a red t-shirt and torn blue jeans at Wednesday's appearance. He stood passively as court proceedings ran their course.
He was arrested in Eden Park at the end of January after one of his alleged victims followed him home and alerted the police.
The girls, from Katlehong, Thokoza, and Vosloorus, on the East Rand, were apparently lured into the veld and raped between 2007 and 2011.
Xakaza confirmed that a bed was booked for the man at the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital after the DPP asked that he be sent for observation.

Comments
  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-06 11:48

    send him back into population - we know how to deal with people like this - why waste money in court and taking up a cell at prison

  • nmateke - 2012-06-06 11:49

    Can we bring back Death sentence just for this case. Jails are over populated now!!

      rowen.loretz - 2012-06-06 12:37

      Ndyeboreginaldmazawule : I bet you that you would want the death penalty when he rapes and tries to kill one of you family members.Be objective about things. These thugs are evil.

      Tax - 2012-06-06 13:08

      What was it used for before nyeddoredwhatever? Are you another misinformed brainwashed ANC supporter?

      Mike - 2012-06-06 13:23

      @ndyeboreg......... What are you afraid of ? Loosing all your mates to the rope ? Got any serious confessions to make ? If we lived in a civil society we wouldn't need a death penalty, because there'd be no need for such drastic measures. However, in this context, our people, including our children, live in fear of murder, rape, armed attacks etc and don't therefore consider this to be a civil society. South Africa needs a radical change to the way we deal with capital crimes and a very good place to start would be to restore the death penalty. Our jails are a joke, and our prisons are merely remedial stations while the inhabitants enjoy a protected lifestyle, which they don't deserve, and all paid for by the tax-paying citizens of SA. Hypothetically speaking, how would you deal with someone who slit the throat of your 13 year old daughter ? We await your reply .....

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-06 16:22

      Look I have been to such aituation and a family member got killed cold blooded, I know but we cannot fight fire with fire no ways

  • Craig Patterson - 2012-06-06 12:00

    Good , he's been caught. Well done to the brave girl who stood up and did something about it. Surely the parents of these girls need to teach their children to not follow strangers?

  • Henry - 2012-06-06 12:03

    And we in the Transvaal must smile and be happy when an eastern cape refugee brings his culture here......hope this piece of cr@p gets killed wherever he ends up

      rowen.loretz - 2012-06-06 12:40

      Transvaal is now is what we had before we had gauteng and limpopo. Did you not do history?

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-06-06 12:09

    sicko - put him out of his miserable life.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-06 12:18

    Well I would like to see his lawyer and help him with the documents and all that lawyer stuff. Man he deserve life in prison without contemplating the cases at all and that will save money and time, he should just be sentenced this afternoon.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-06-06 12:40

      and Shot in public

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-06 12:21

    Give him the death penalty

  • Megan - 2012-06-06 12:39

    If this whs one of my children,this guy would of been so died by now.with his penis in his mouth,and balls in his ears!!!and eyes in his ass!

      Rob - 2012-06-06 12:44

      Megan for president !

  • haigs - 2012-06-06 12:51

    Looks like the East Rand, not Eastern Cape!

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-06-06 13:30

      No no---no e.c that man really from east rand and ufuna xa egwetywa umantyi acimele angamjongi tu ngoba yinja leyo ifuna ikhutshwe emphakathini oh our child

  • Lindile - 2012-06-06 14:08

    Where is the EC link kanti?

  • Lindile - 2012-06-06 14:08

    Where is the EC link kanti?

  • Rob - 2012-06-06 16:44

    AGAIN. Death penalty for 'scum'like this...

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