Rape trial: Advocate’s son evasive in court

2014-09-05 00:00

THE son of senior advocate Mike Govindasamy was accused by Pietermaritzburg Judge Fikile Mokgohloa of being evasive yesterday.

Judge Mokgohloa was not impressed with the way Kshetra Govindasamy, testifying in his father’s rape trial, responded to questions from state advocate Dorian Paver during cross-examination.

“It is clear that the witness is very intelligent. He is testifying fluently, but there are times under cross-examination when he speaks very softly and avoids answering questions. It can be very frustrating for the court and the prosecution when a witness becomes evasive,” said Mokgohloa.

Paver suggested that Kshetra had falsely corroborated his father’s version of events.

The elder Govindasamy is charged with indecently assaulting a teenage relative in 2007, and then raping her in 2010.

Both incidents allegedly occurred in his bedroom at his Effingham Heights, Durban, home.

Kshetra told the court he was shocked to be asked by his father to write a statement as a relative had laid a rape charge against him.

“I couldn’t believe that my relative would lay a rape charge against my dad,” he said.

Kshetra had previously said the teen was “relaxed and chilled” after the alleged rape and had gone to the beach with him.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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