Teen pleads not guilty to child rape

2012-07-27 12:34

Lindile Nkotheba (19) has pleaded not guilty to a rape charge involving a seven-year-old boy, who was five at the time of the alleged incident.

First lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma has been among the group of supporters attending the matter, which is currently on trial at the Scottsburgh Regional Court.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place in November 30, 2010 in Mgababa.

According to the child’s paternal grandmother, the boy had been playing at the neighbour’s house when she was called by other children who told her that her grandson was not well.

When she went to inspect, she found her grandson vomiting.

Since the child was unable to even sit, she decided to take him to hospital the next day.

While there, the child told her what had really happened.

The teen, who was 17 at the time, was visiting his aunt in Mgababa, from the Transkei.

City Press understands that progress in the case has been as a direct result of Madiba-Zuma, who found out about the child while giving Christmas gifts to children in hospital.

She intervened by contacting advocacy groups like Bobby Bear and offered financial as well emotional support to the child and her family through her organisation, the Tobeka Madiba-Zuma Foundation.

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