Kidnapped teen forced to 'marry' abductor

2012-02-06 08:45
Cape Town - A Philippi man has appeared in court for allegedly kidnapping a teenage girl in the Eastern Cape, assaulting and raping her, and forcing her into a customary marriage.

It is one of the first cases of "ukuthwala" - a traditional practice of kidnapping a young woman in an attempt to force marriage negotiations - in the Western Cape, reported the Sunday Argus.

Mvuleni Jezile has been charged on six counts of human trafficking for sexual purposes, rape and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

It is believed that the 14-year-old girl was taken from her home, married against her will and brought to Cape Town where she was raped and beaten with sticks.

The girl’s testimony was heard in camera.

The accused is out on bail.

The case has been postponed to March.

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