‘I screamed for my grandmother’

2012-07-27 15:57

When he screamed for his grandmother, his alleged attacker said he would kill him.

This was the testimony of a 7-year-old in the Scottsburgh Regional Court this afternoon.

A 19-year-old, Lindile Nkotheba, is on trial for the alleged rape, which took place on November 30 2010.

While the case was before court for the first time today, the matter has been dragging since December 2010.

It swiftly moved to trial following the intervention of First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma.

The boy was five years old at the time of his alleged rape.

Madiba-Zuma met the child and his grandmother in hospital in December 2010 while running a campaign with a KwaZulu-Natal radio station.

According to Madiba-Zuma, the child’s grandmother approached her, crying, telling her of their plight.

“I’m happy with the progress and how the case is developing,” Madiba-Zuma told City Press. “It has been dragging with postponement after postponement when all the evidence has been there,” she said.

Giving evidence through an intermediary, the child claims he met the suspect for the first time at the time of the incident. He had asked the children at the house he was playing at who the teen was and they told him he was visiting.

He said, while playing with his friends the older boy called him, saying the boy’s grandmother was looking for him.

However, he claims the teen, whom he called Lindiwe, took him to his room where he raped him.

“I screamed for my grandmother,” the boy testified. His alleged rapist told him he would kill him when he screamed, the court heard.

Journalists, as well as certain members of Madiba-Zuma’s foundation were allowed inside court, which is adjacent to the room where the child gave evidence.

Most, like Madiba-Zuma, had their eyes closed or cried during evidence.

The boy testified that his grandmother found him lying on the veranda at the neighbour’s house. He had to be carried home.

“I went to bed without eating. My grandmother came back from church and found me vomiting. In the morning I was crying and she took me to the clinic,” he said.

The boy only told his grandmother about the alleged incident the next day, he said.

The matter was postponed until Tuesday.

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