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Unisa rape suspect professor out on bail

2012-01-10 17:29

Johannesburg - A University of SA (Unisa) professor accused of raping two homeless men has been released on bail because there was a possibility that the incidents were consensual, Pretoria police said on Tuesday.

"What I heard from the investigating officer was that there was no reason for the police to oppose bail as the two victims were both adults," said Warrant Officer Duane Lightfoot.

"There is also a strong possibly that there might have been consent."
The professor was released on Saturday.

Another reason for granting bail was that he had a fixed job and a home address, said Lightfoot.

The man, 52, was arrested on December 26, a day after he allegedly picked up the two men, aged 20 and 22, in the veld at Menlyn.

Lightfoot said the professor apparently took a vagrant to his house in Garsfontein where he fed and clothed him. The vagrant then performed sexual favours.

Afterwards, the professor dropped the man off and picked up another vagrant in the veld. At his home, the homeless man was also clothed and fed and sexual favours were allegedly performed.

The men reported the alleged rapes to the Garsfontein police station and the professor was arrested.
He was also charged with trying to bribe the police officers who arrested him.

He may not be named until he has pleaded to the charges and was expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on January 30.

Comments
  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-10 17:51

    We all have needs !

  • David - 2012-01-10 17:57

    Its not actually rape if the guys prostituted themselves out.

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-10 18:02

    Thats how it works. Once you sell your ring for favours then its becomes like smoking. You hate it but its nice.

  • Simamkele Nolonwabo Twala - 2012-01-10 18:09

    basicaly this means we should not let people to help us when we are in need because we have to return favours!

      Mantsho - 2012-01-10 18:40

      and that is absolutely not good.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-01-10 20:05

      As I say in Afrikaans- ' Niks vir niks en baie bietjie vir 'n tiekie" that is the real world

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-01-10 20:33

    Eeeuw, bloody sod is all I can say.

  • Chrono - 2012-01-11 09:36

    At 52 this person should be mature. He has gone through a drawn out process of honing his skills as a psychologist which included a great deal of reading, pondering and application of theory in practice. From what I know being an academic involves constant growth and refinement. I struggle to match this person's approach to finding sexual partners with the image I have of a professional or an academic.

  • Schalk - 2012-01-11 09:40

    I find it very hard to believe that a 52 year old man can rape two able bodied men in their early 20's. This is most likely a case of the two trying to get more money from him and when he refused they charged him with rape. There are lots of stories like this where prostitutes did the same. If true, I hope the cops charge them.

      Chrono - 2012-01-11 09:43

      @Schalk, agreed. But there is also the alledged attempt of the Prof to bribe the cops. It appears both sides overstepped the mark.

      drishworth - 2012-01-11 10:04

      @Schalk and Chrono - I don't know the full story but from what I read into it, the 'homelss' men were willing participants. Their going to the police is purely malicious and an attempt to blackmail the poor Prof. I don't agree with the manner in which the Prof chose to seek out these sexual partners but they are all adults and each to his own. The Prof is the victim here - all be it that he tried to bribe the police - I don't think it was to hide the fact he raped the men but because he is terrified of the shame he'd publicly face if the story went public (which it has). These homeless men should be charged with making false allegations and hopefully the Prof has learnt a lesson to be more selective on where and who he chooses to pick up sexual partners.

      Chrono - 2012-01-11 11:14

      @drishworth I think you summarise the whole situation well.

  • Regan - 2012-01-11 10:27

    we need sharia law for culprits like these

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