Falls robbery, rape accused testifies

2009-01-29 00:00

A man who was effectively jailed for 35 years earlier this week after pleading guilty to six charges including robbery, incitement to rape and rape, has begun testifying in the Pietermaritzburg High Court against two of his former co-accused who have both pleaded not guilty to the charges before Judge Leona Theron.

The three incidents in question took place in Howick on July 15, 2007. Two happened near Howick Falls where groups of young people were accosted, robbed of cellphones and money and subjected to sexual assaults.

Siyabonga Dalas Cele told Judge Theron and her assessors that he was accompanied by the accused before court — Thabani Ndlovu (20) and Nkosinathi Mjiyako (23) — when he committed the offences. He said the three of them had been friends for about three years at the time.

He had been armed with a firearm he had “borrowed” from another boy, he said.

“The reason we went to Howick Falls was because we were walking around looking for money. We knew we would get this money from the people we wanted it from … that is when we came across these white people.”

Asked if they had discussed how they were to get the money he responded: “Yes, we planned to rob people … white people. We planned this during the day while we were sitting drinking at a tavern near our homes,” he said.

“We discussed that we would rob them the way we normally rob people.”

Cele said when they accosted the white people during the one incident, he had pointed a firearm at them and robbed them of cellphones.

“I then took them [the victims] to the water and I instructed the male and female to have sexual intercourse,” he said.


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