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Cape Town dance teacher guilty of rape

2012-10-10 11:35

Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court has found a dance teacher guilty of raping seven young girls, the Cape Argus reported on Wednesday.

Lawrence Gagu, 49, was also found guilty on Tuesday of one count of sexual grooming and three of exposing young girls to pornography.

The crimes were committed with girls aged eight to 12, between June 2009 and March 2010.

The children took to the stand and testified how Gagu lured them to his Makhaza shack after dance lessons, on the pretext of his wanting them to clean the shack or run errands.

According to the report, the traditional dance teacher would ask two girls to go home with him, send one of them on an errand and then rape the remaining child.

The court found the girls were reliable witnesses.

Gagu denied all the allegations, saying the girls had fabricated the stories because he suspended a pupil for bad behaviour.

He would be sentenced on 29 October.

Comments
  • Janice - 2012-10-10 12:31

    DISGUSTING!!!!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-10 13:31

      Pedos come is all forms and professions. We need to keep a wary eye on anyone who works with children - especially those who create situations where they can spend time alone with them.

  • tertia.craul - 2012-10-10 13:18

    How is it possible jessy.smith.7359's comment is still here????

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-10 13:39

      i think he works at news24

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-10 13:32

    You filthy SOB. Hope you get a bloody good hiding in jail. What I don't understand ..surely these kids tell their mother and father what is going on. As kids we sat around our parents in the evening and told them about our day, who we saw what we did etc. Only when you are an adult do you realize that this time together had true meaning. I think T.V. has taken over family time and this is why the perpetrators get away with it for so long. To the kids I say tell your parents what is happening, save a child from the same fate.

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