'I was scared to tell mom about rape'
A 14-YEAR-OLD alleged rape victim told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court she did not tell her mother of her ordeal because she feared she would be beaten.
The girl was allegedly raped by a 42-year-old man who lives in her neighbourhood.
"She is a strict person and I was scared she would beat me up if I told what had happened," said the girl, who testified by closed circuit TV.
The girl said she and her mother had an argument on the night of August 28 2010 when she decided to go out with friends.
She was 12 at the time.
She said she and her friend went to a tavern in Olievenhoutbosch, north of Johannesburg. This was where she met Jeffrey Maphoso who offered to take her home.
The girl said she agreed to Maphoso's offer but he did not take her home.
"When we got closer to home, he grabbed me by the hand and said there was no need for me to go home.
"He said it was too late already and it would not be good for me to disturb my sleeping family."
The girl said when she got to Maphoso's house, he started touching her before covering her with a blanket and raping her.
The girl's mother denied that there was an argument on the day and said she was surprised when she realised that her daughter was not home at about 7pm.
She testified that she thought the girl would only be gone for a few minutes.
"And when the clock hit 11pm, I called relatives and informed them that my child was not home," she said.
The mother said she breathed a sigh of relief when her neighbour (Maphoso) brought the child in the morning, saying he had found her at a party.
She said her daughter initially told her that she was at the party the whole night but later told her aunt she was in fact raped by Maphoso.
The aunt had come to the house after she was alerted by the mother that the girl was missing.
"She told me that Maphoso threatened to kill her if she told anyone about what had happened," the aunt testified.
The case was postponed to August 8. - firstname.lastname@example.org