Revenge behind child rape?

2010-07-14 00:00

A 32-YEAR-OLD man from Mnyandu in Plessislaer has pleaded not guilty in the high court to raping and strangling an 11-year-old girl to avenge an incident in which boiling water was poured over his dog.

Dennis Dumisani Zuma told Acting Judge Z.P. Nkosi yesterday that he has “no knowledge” of the rape and murder of Nosipho Mkasibe, whose body was discovered in the veld, allegedly not far from his home, on May 4 last year.

Asked how his DNA came to be found under the child’s fingernails and in her vagina, Zuma said he had “no comment”.

Nosipho’s brother, Wiseman Mkasibe, told the court that after his wife had allegedly accidentally poured boiling water on the accused’s dog, Zuma threatened to “do something to his family that they will not forget”.

Mkasibe’s common-law wife Nokubonga Majola said she had thrown out some boiling water, which accidentally hit the dog.

Majola alleged that she had seen Zuma talking to Nosipho on the day of the child’s disappearance. The little girl’s naked body was found in the veld the following day. But, in his testimony, Zuma denied that he had spoken to Nosipho, or that he made the alleged threats to Mkasibe’s family.

Zuma said the dispute over the dog had been resolved when Majola paid for its treatment. He said his family and the Mkasibes were “not on good terms” and did not talk to one another.

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