Rape accused: It was ‘twin’

2010-08-06 00:00

A MAN who is standing trial on 17 counts of rape, indecent assault and kidnapping suddenly claimed yesterday that he has an identical twin brother that he might have been confused with.

A witness who grew up in the same area, however, insisted under cross-examination that she knew nothing about a twin, but that he does have two sisters.

The witness was a friend of a 17-year-old who told the court how Nkosinathi Nzama (23) offered to get her a job and then attacked her.

The schoolgirl testified in the high court in Durban yesterday that Nzama was initially friendly, but then suddenly became aggressive and slapped her so hard she fell to the ground.

The next moment, Nzama pulled down her pants and tried to rape her, the 17-year-old told the court.

She clamped her legs together and pulled free, but not before he put a finger in her private parts, Judge Jerome Mnguni heard.

The girl is one of five people whom Nzama is alleged to have raped or sexually assaulted in the Port Shepstone area between December 2007 and November 2008. The youngest complainant is 14.

Nzama has pleaded not guilty to the 17 charges.

In one of the incidents, Nzama allegedly held an 18-year-old woman prisoner for a whole night in September 2008 and repeatedly raped her. The court heard she was so severely injured and in such great pain that she could not sit, stand or lie down.

The court heard that Nzama raped her with a piece of wood and a knife. District surgeon Dr Gerard Baldrey had to put her under an anaesthetic in order to examine her.

In most of the cases, Nzama allegedly lured his victims with promises of work, before taking them to isolated places where he raped them.

The teenager who testified yesterday said she and a neighbour went to look for work during the school holidays. She was initially hesitant to go with Nzama to a farm where he said she could find a job, but agreed when her friend recognised Nzama and he mentioned several school friends of hers that he said he had found work for on the farm. He told her she would earn R100 a day.

After the state had called four complainants to testify, Nzama suddenly yesterday afternoon said he has an identical twin brother, with whom the friend could have confused him.

The trial continues.

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