Rape-accused held for observation for 4 years

2014-04-24 09:22


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mbombela - Three men linked to different rape cases have been waiting at Weskoppies psychiatric hospital for between two and four years for their trials to begin.

One of them, Majawonke Michael Mlaudzi, 21, told the Nelspruit Regional Court on Wednesday he did not want to return to the hospital for observation, a Sapa correspondent reported.

Mlaudzi, 21, who has pleaded not guilty to raping a 22-year-old woman in Schoemansdal, has been in custody since his arrest more than four years ago on 2 February 2010.

He told the court he was not mad and either wanted to be sentenced or be set free.

"Who said I must go to Weskoppies? Because I am not insane or ill. It seems like there is no truth here because every day when I come, you are telling me about Weskoppies. Why is the case not continuing?" asked Mlaudzi.

Magistrate Willie Wilkens said the prosecutor would do her best to ensure that Mlaudzi was examined so that the case could be finalised as soon as possible.

The matter was postponed to 5 June.

Another rape accused, aged 47, was not asked to plead in connection with raping a 10-year-old girl in Pienaar near Mbombela, and was also told to return to Weskoppies until his case resumes on 5 June.

He was arrested on 28 March 2012.

In yet another case, a 43-year-old rape-accused, who has not yet pleaded to a charge of raping a 6-year-old girl in Barberton, was also told that his trial would only resume on 5 June.

He was arrested on 1 January 2012.

Read more on:    mbombela  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.

24.com 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


Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy

Miley's new dog is too adorable.



13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher
The unusual pets of Instagram
Bertie sets a new world record!

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The Leo moon adds an element of drama and entertainment. A significant person that you may consult or confide in may play an...read more

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 24.com 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.