Dros rape trial: ‘I’m here because I too was raped’

2018-10-02 17:23
PHOTO: Carla Coetzee

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The 37-year-old woman was watching the protest action outside the Pretoria courthouse from a distance.

Though she was raped more than 25 years ago, it still haunts her – and that’s why she came to court today, she tells YOU.

Liandi gets teary-eyed when she talks about her own rape as well as that of the little girl at the Dros restaurant in Pretoria.

“It’s something that never leaves you. You can never forget. Or forgive,” says Liandi, a mother of one. 

She was too anxious to go into the court building.

“I feel I want to slice him into pieces and hurt him as much as possible,” she says, wringing her hands.

The suspect appeared in court today in relation with the rape of a seven-year-old girl last week in the restroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria.  

He showed little emotion when he stood in the dock of courtroom 17 in the magistrate’s court in Pretoria. At first he stood tall, his shoulders squared. But when journalists started taking pictures, he quickly tried to hide his face.

Liandi tells us she was 12 years old when she was raped in a public park while on her way to netball practice.

“The man had been in his thirties and to this day I’m paranoid about my own [11-year-old] daughter’s safety.”

She says she hopes by attending the trial she’ll find closure for her own trauma.

“I hope if the court sees how angry people are, he’ll get a heavier sentence,” she says.

 

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