Kidnapped teen forced to 'marry' abductor

2012-02-06 08:45

Cape Town - A Philippi man has appeared in court for allegedly kidnapping a teenage girl in the Eastern Cape, assaulting and raping her, and forcing her into a customary marriage.

It is one of the first cases of "ukuthwala" - a traditional practice of kidnapping a young woman in an attempt to force marriage negotiations - in the Western Cape, reported the Sunday Argus.

Mvuleni Jezile has been charged on six counts of human trafficking for sexual purposes, rape and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

It is believed that the 14-year-old girl was taken from her home, married against her will and brought to Cape Town where she was raped and beaten with sticks.

The girl’s testimony was heard in camera.

The accused is out on bail.

The case has been postponed to March.

  • TBlogger - 2012-02-06 08:51

    Why the hell is he out on bail? What possible reason is there to allow it????

      Janice - 2012-02-06 09:46

      EISH, I agree, once again.....NO WORds!!!!

      MWF - 2012-02-06 10:12

      "The girl’s testimony was heard in camera." News24, has your proof reader gone on leave? More and more articles are being published with spelling and grammatical mistakes!

      Raylene - 2012-02-06 10:41

      @MWF - there are lots of mistakes on News24 - but "in camera" isn't one of them. It's a legal term (latin) and means that her testimony was done in private.

      CapeChappy - 2012-02-06 11:45

      If this happened to someone in my family, I would HOPE they let him out on bail so I could find him and dish out my own justice.....

      yolie.Landa - 2012-02-06 11:47

      @MWF, I will not be surprised if you are an english grammar teacher. I wonder what are you teaching those learners. This is SHOCKING in every possible way. How can he be out on bail??? Damn, grrrrrr. Lets toy toy

      nicolene.scheepers3 - 2012-02-06 12:33

      Barbaric Culture! Barbaric "Traditional Practices"

      Comrade - 2012-02-06 18:06

      Not enough jails

  • procold2 - 2012-02-06 08:53

    how can the accused be out on bail, there is no excuse for this savage behavior by this sick man.

      Erich - 2012-02-06 13:17

      This indigenous law (ukuthwala) is the kind of law our Chief Justice of the Con Court is advocating.

  • Craig - 2012-02-06 09:03

    All I can do is shake my head and wonder..."Why?!" He should be locked up.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-06 09:06

    Shame he cant get a wife the "normal" way, the perverted pheado needs to resort to this! Why cant people get it, the time for these stupid tribal customs has long gone past, get with the program, its the 21st century not the 1800's, a$$holes!

  • Moi - 2012-02-06 09:13

    How can the courts allow this sicko out on bail???? What's to stop him from going back and killing the poor girl??? Or kidnapping someone else's teenaged daughter???

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-06 09:14

    In this day in age whr picking up girls is as easy as picking up paper you'd think practices like these who'd have been long abandoned by the african community.

  • Hugh - 2012-02-06 09:27

    Deuteronomy 22 28 ¶ If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29 then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

      Bryan - 2012-02-06 10:36

      @Hugh...WTF dude?? Are you saying because the bible quote's this then it is right?? You need help sir!!!

      Hugh - 2012-02-06 10:54

      Not at all but it is an interesting passage. It does, however, give some insight into an ancient, undeveloped if you will, mind set.

      vivisu100 - 2012-02-06 12:03

      Are u seeing the dinosaur passing your roof? Do u living in a cage age?

  • Hermann - 2012-02-06 09:32

    Looks like to get bail is becoming as easy as housebreaking.

  • John - 2012-02-06 09:33

    I've finaly found what "Ukuthwala" means: In steps 1.kidnapping 2.assaulting 3.raping 4.forcing into a customary marriage 5.marriage 6.raping (again) 7.beaten with sticks ....that is a definition for savage also Poor girl....and for final "A Philippi man" - Mvuleni Jezile is out on bail?!?! Excellent....TIA (This is Africa)

  • Ofentse - 2012-02-06 09:35

    A monster out on bail...we really have a crapy judicial system.

  • Sechaba - 2012-02-06 09:41

    "ukuthwala" eish thing WE dark complexioned Africans people do, i wonder if our light complexioned African brothers do such

      Joan - 2012-02-06 10:29

      i must tell you Sechaba, that, yes of course some do. BUT I was talking to a group of middle aged black ladies not so long ago, and you know what? They all wished they had white husbands. One went so far as to say, that a black man has to drink, and beat, and rape his wife to feel like a man. I know many black men who are fine husbands and fathers, but these poor ladies had obviously never found one.

      Patrick Ngassa Piotie - 2012-02-06 11:08

      My friend, CRIME AND VICE DONT KNOW ANY COLOUR. PUT IT IN UR BRAIN. Do you ever watch or read foreign news??? Do you the story of the 'white' man you locked his OWN DAUGHTER in the basement for years and gave her many kids???? EVIL DOESNT BELONG TO ANY RACE. And my dear friend who commented bout her black girlfriends, it is not a 'scientific facts' that you produced. THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE and I can also tell you about 10 'white' women who wish they never married a 'white' man. LETS ADDRESS THE PROBLEM HERE WHICH IS CRIME, EVIL INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT WHICH RACE COMMITS THE MOST ATROCITIES.

      John - 2012-02-06 15:21

      @Patrick Most of us know about Josef Fritzl Case ...and I must higly recommend the section called "World" in news24. Read the post of Joan again...and look especialy the section: "I know many black men who are fine husbands and fathers, but these poor ladies had obviously never found one." failed.

  • Thamie - 2012-02-06 09:45

    We seriously need to revise our deterrence strategies currently used by the justice system. It has become very easy in RSA for individuals to commit crime. People don't think twice they just do because they know that they will be treated like kings and queens, while victims are left to suffer by themselves. Unlike in RSA,in other countries, a prison is a place you NEVER wish to find yourself in.

  • agueorguiev - 2012-02-06 09:49

    It's for things like "the accused is out on bail" that I walk everywhere with my girls, and they may say I'm over-protective or paranoid...Tough! I'd rather die in trying to defend them, than not be there if something like this approaches! Our beloved country is CRYING...where is the freedom of being a care-free,happy child gone?!!?

  • Helen - 2012-02-06 09:56

    What is going on in our country if the court is of the opinion that a kidnapper and rapist is not a danger to society and therefor are able to get bail? I wonder what this court would say if he rapes another innocent girl while out on bail? The court must be held responsible for this. They must protect the law-abiding citizens. Gosh - no wonder people take the law into their own hands. Pathetic to say the least.

  • Ian - 2012-02-06 10:03

    HANG THE BASTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Joan - 2012-02-06 10:30

      really really high!!!

      Ian - 2012-02-06 10:52

      50 stories high

      skootzie - 2012-02-06 13:06

      That's too high, nobody will be able to reach him with their sticks.

  • Jason - 2012-02-06 10:14

    "The girl’s testimony was heard in camera" 10 Points News24

      Ingrid - 2012-02-06 10:53

      Jason, do you know what it means??

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-06 11:10

      @Jason, it actually means "in private" or "in chamber"

      skootzie - 2012-02-06 13:07

      I love how some people mock something as incorrect without first finding out if what they are mocking is even incorrect in the first place.

  • Brendon - 2012-02-06 10:16

    How the F8^@K does this guy get bail?

  • Dee - 2012-02-06 10:23

    Out on bail!!!???

  • Penny - 2012-02-06 10:26

    @MWF you need to google things before swapping feet in your mouth. Possibly the correct thing for News24 to have done was put the "in camera" in inverted commas. The true definition of "in camera" as per Wiki: In camera describes court cases (or portions thereof) that the public and press are not admitted to. In camera is the opposite of trial in open court where all the parties and witnesses testify in a public courtroom, and attorneys make their arguments in public to the trier of fact.

      heinrich.crouse - 2012-02-06 12:45

      In italics, rather.

  • Mona - 2012-02-06 10:29

    Hiding behind culture to commit crimes! Sick!!

  • Neville - 2012-02-06 10:39

    The Justice system has failed this girl , What a shame

  • Neville - 2012-02-06 10:42

    It looks the black judges rules according to their tradition and cultures, not on human standards

  • dimotj - 2012-02-06 10:42

    mara sharp south African law is bull

  • Stan - 2012-02-06 10:44


      Lelo - 2012-02-06 16:11

      What about Xhosas?Don't go the racial route please Stan...This dude acted of his own accord and thinking.It had nothing to do with him being Xhosa.

  • lungile.mngomezulu - 2012-02-06 10:44

    This is sick! People use tradition and culture as a means to satisfy/justify their sick behaviour!

  • Ingrid - 2012-02-06 10:48

    "The accused is out on bail" WHY????????????? He is a danger to society

  • ronald.reiners - 2012-02-06 10:55

    Eish!!!! One can argue that someone is persumed inocent until proven guilty. But in a case like this, why not house arrest if they want to allow bail?

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-06 11:03

    Why is the accused out on bail????

  • Wendy - 2012-02-06 11:06

    Is this called culture?

  • Keelvol - 2012-02-06 11:07

    Civilised nation? Pfff....

  • maricha.knightvanheerden - 2012-02-06 12:26

    The accused is out on bail. WTF?

  • eradingoana - 2012-02-06 12:27

    Is it real that some Cape Town men are afraid of women of their age and prey on defenseless victims? What an embarrassment, a big man taking out his out-of-fashion manhood to a child of a grandchild age. Let him rot in jail.

  • arlene.flynn3 - 2012-02-06 12:42

    out of bail!?!? What the hell is wrong with the justice system

  • skootzie - 2012-02-06 13:03

    "The accused is out on bail" - As far as I am concerned, bail should not be granted (AT ALL) until the courts have determined if an accused is found guilty or innocent. But this course is completely infeasible, unfortunately.

  • aardvarkie - 2012-02-06 13:22

    I'd like to beat him with a stick.

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  • Liz - 2012-02-06 14:23

    There is quite a bit of discussion in a number of circles including children's rights, HIV, human trafficking, gender based violence about this practise which happens in parts of rural KZN and the Eastern Cape. What happened in the case outlined in the article is evidence of how the practice is now an excuse for the gross violation of a number of laws as traditionally it did not involve violence and in some instances there was some collusion with the girl. Read"Justice_dept_concerned_about_ukuthwala" so that you can be aware of where things are at and maybe support initiatives to have the practice abolished.

  • Alistair - 2012-02-06 14:48

    How the hell did he get bail? Never mind this is SA (weird things happen)

  • Belinda - 2012-02-06 20:06

    stories like this makes me vomit

  • nombu - 2012-02-09 12:32

    I never seem to understd how things work in this world truely. but the ppl up there seem to knw.

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