Thebe shakes off a charge of rape

2009-12-19 14:27

KWAITO musician Thebe evaded a rape rap on Friday when his ­accuser ­withdrew the charge.

A prosecutor at the Wynberg ­Magistrate’s Court, where Thebe was due to appear, confirmed that the unidentified complainant ­withdrew the charge two weeks ­after the alleged rape occurred.

The musician was alleged to have raped the 21-year-old woman, ­believed to be one of his dancers, ­after a party in Sandton in the early hours of December 6, according to police spokesperson Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini.

“It is alleged that the incident ­happened in the suspect’s car,” Dlamini said.

The rape charge was laid later that day. However, the ­complainant withdrew the charge after Thebe was arrested on Friday.

She arrived at the Sandton police station with her parents and later went to court, where the withdrawal was finalised.

According to Sandton police, the complainant and her parents did not provide any reasons for their ­decision.

Earlier in the week, Thebe avoided a media frenzy after a tip-off by police that he would hand himself over to Sandton police.

This did not happen on Tuesday ­afternoon as was scheduled. Thebe reported to the police station on Friday ­morning instead.
Attempts to contact him were unsuccessful.

Thebe is not the only celebrity to have fallen foul of the law this year. In February, YFM’s DJ Sbu was involved in a car accident in which one person was injured in Sandton. At the time, police said DJ Sbu disappeared from the scene.

Former Bafana Bafana star ­Doctor Khumalo is on trial for ­alleged drunk driving after his ­luxury German sedan collided with a minibus taxi in May last year.

Witnesses told the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court that Khumalo was so drunk he was sometimes ­unable to stand on his own feet.

King of Bling William “Mashobane” Mbatha will spend the festive season behind bars after his attempts to get bail failed.

Photographs of Mbatha, a Tshwane pub owner and businessman, with superstars R Kelly and Akon are splashed all over the internet. He is also famous for his ­penchant for expensive toys, including a R2.7-million ­Lamborghini and two Harley Davidson motorbikes worth R280 000.

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