‘He deserves to rot in jail and never see the light’

2012-07-27 00:00

THE 30-old-man from KwaSwayimane near Wartburg accused of raping a 94-year-old woman in front of her two great-grandsons was worse than an animal and deserved to be locked away for the rest of his life, protesters said yesterday.

A group of community members led by ANC members, the MEC for Social Development, Weziwe Thusi, and Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipho, attended his first court appearance and picketed outside the New Hanover court.

The accused faces charges of breaking in with intent to rape, rape and sexual assault.

Addressing the picketers outside the courts, Luzipho said society was tired of rapists and men who brought shame to all men.

“Even animals are better than him. He deserves to rot in prison and never see the light of day.

“When he dies, he should not even be buried where we live.”

Thusi said her department was taking steps to ensure the safety of the elderly woman and her children.

Community members also expressed their outrage. Paulos Ndlovu said: “The situation is unacceptable; we need to ensure that something like this never happens again.”

Nomusa Thusi said: “As we are gathered here today, we are here to support ugogo; we think the suspect should be imprisoned for life.”

Others said the accused had set a bad example for the youth, while others said that if they had a choice they would take the law into their own hands and deal with him.

The Times reported yesterday that the accused was a habitual offender who had been disowned by his family.

The Demcoratic Alliance released a statement yesterday calling on President Jacob Zuma to visit the victim and apologise, as the accused had been released under the remission of sentences programme less than a month ago.

There was drama in the court room yesterday after the investigating officer tried to eject reporters from the court to prevent them from taking pictures of the suspect.

A compromise was reached that the suspect would cover his face.

The suspect was remanded in custody until a bail hearing on August 3.

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