Minister’s friend accused of raping young woman

2017-08-27 00:00
Sazi Fakude and Minister Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: Instagram

Sazi Fakude and Minister Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: Instagram

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

Businessman Sazi Fakude, a close companion of Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, has been accused of raping a young woman he allegedly abducted from a Sandton nightclub.

The 25-year-old student alleged she was raped by Fakude in the early hours of Monday morning.

Police confirmed a rape complaint was opened.

Fakude said yesterday: “I am aware of the allegations. The case was opened. What do you guys want from me?”

He asked for questions to be sent by SMS. His lawyer, Graeme Krawitz, says his client hasn’t been charged yet and he has no comment at this stage.

In a lengthy police statement, the woman said she was partying at the Hydro Lounge in Sandton, and “when the club was about to close, a guy known to me as Sazi walked in and greeted us”.

In her statement, the woman says she knew Fakude because he once dated a friend of hers. She left him with her friends and went to the bathroom, but returned to find them arguing.

“I tried to calm him down to make peace and he asked me to go with him to his car so that he can calm down.

"I agreed to accompany him to his car, because I thought he was my best friend’s ex-boyfriend and he wasn’t going to do anything to me,” she said.

“We went to his car and while I was telling him to behave well in public because he’s a respected person, he drove off [with me] without my permission.”

The woman alleges that what followed was a night of hell during which she feared for her life.

She sent her friends a series of terrified WhatsApp messages between 04:45 and 05:48, including “He’s gonna kill me” and “Bring police. I’m begging you”.

The mother of one alleges that Fakude drove her to his home in Kempton Park and became violent when she called her friends to fetch her.

“I sent my friends a location so that whatever happened to me on that morning, they knew where I was,” she says.

One of the woman’s friends, who asked not to be named, confirmed receiving the messages.

The woman claimed Fakude had looked her in the eyes and told her she “wasn’t going anywhere” and that no girl says no to him.

“He told me he wanted to have sex with me. I told him that’s not going to happen,” the young woman said.

“He then slapped me several times and strangled me for a while. He smashed my phone on the floor and threatened to kill me if I made a noise. I was hopeless, lying down... he undressed me and forced himself on me.”

Her friends arrived at the house with police at 08:00 that morning. They were late because they had no money for a taxi to take them there.

“Sazi begged me not to open the case and he said I must just name a price, he’ll give me whatever I want. I refused and left his place and I told him we’ll meet in court,” she alleged.

Gauteng spokesperson captain Mavela Masondo confirmed a case of rape had been opened. “We are investigating.”

Asked about the nature of her relationship with Fakude on Friday, all that Zulu would say was, “Yes, I know him”.

Asked about pictures of them together on his Instagram account in which they appear to shop and dine together, Zulu said:

“There’s absolutely no shopping. I don’t shop with any other people. I work, shop alone with my own money. If it happens, we have a lunch in any place, it’s just a lunch and we come out for fun; we just take fun pictures.

“There’s absolutely nothing to it.”

Fakude handed himself in at the Sandton police station on Sunday afternoon. He'll appear at Alexandra Magistrate Court on Monday morning.

Read more on:    lindiwe zulu  |  sazi fakude  |  johannesburg  |  sexual assault

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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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.

Settings

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.