Lawyer ditches defence of alleged serial rapist

2012-03-06 18:54
Johannesburg -The lawyer expected to represent the man facing 33 rape and 33 attempted murder charges withdrew on Tuesday in the Alberton Magistrate's Court.

"I come to personally withdraw myself from this case and to refund his [the accused's] family," Golden Moloi told the court.

"I can't represent him because there is a serious conflict of interest... I know some of the victims and their parents - the girls grew up in front of me," Moloi said outside court.

The man cannot be identified until he has pleaded.

The case was postponed to April 23.

"You may apply for bail at your next appearance," Magistrate Janice Saulse said.

Earlier, Saulse spoke to the 40-year-old man outlining the problems with his legal representation.

At his first appearance he told the court he wanted to conduct his own defence but due to the charges against him he was instructed to get Legal Aid.

His family tried to arrange alternative representation and Legal Aid withdrew.

The man signed the papers to arrange Legal Aid. He remains in police custody.

On Tuesday morning, prosecutor Joyce Xakaza said the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) made a decision that the case should be tried at a high court but said the case was not ready for a transfer.

"We are waiting for the indictment. We are currently dealing with 33 dockets but they can increase at a later stage," Xakaza said.

"The State requests for another court date for the indictment to be served on the accused."

Before leaving the courtroom, the accused asked the court to instruct officers against harassing his wife.

"Can you please tell the investigating officer to stop going to my wife and telling her that the DNA tests came back positive and that I'll get life imprisonment?"

Saulse agreed.

The man is accused of raping 33 girls between the ages of 10 and 14. He also faces 33 counts of attempted murder. He was arrested in Eden Park at the end of January after one of the girls followed him to his home and alerted police.

The girls, from Gauteng's East Rand areas of Katlehong, Thokoza, and Vosloorus, were apparently lured into the veld and raped between 2007 and 2011.

During an earlier court appearance he said he was convicted for rape in 1997 and released from prison in 2005.

He attempted to speak to the court about the merits of the present charges against him but was told he would have to speak to an attorney.

Read more on:    johannesburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.