Doctor on bail faces another rape charge
A LIMPOPO doctor who made headlines last year when he was arrested and charged with raping a patient is in trouble again.
Dr Justice Mulaudzi, 41, of Makwarela Extension 3, outside Thohoyandou, who is also a senior clinical manager at Hayani Hospital, now faces another charge of rape.
This time he is alleged to have raped a 33-year-old neighbour and family friend, who also belongs to the same church as the doctor.
He is alleged to have raped the victim first in April, in June and October last year.
On all the three occasions, Mulaudzi is alleged to have had sex with the victim at her home.
The victim was alone when the alleged rapes were committed.
Although the alleged rapes were committed last year, they were only reported this year and Mulaudzi was arrested on July 25.
He appeared in court last Thursday and his case was postponed to Monday for a formal bail application.
The bail application, which took again most part of the day, was postponed to Friday.
Under cross-examination, Mulaudzi said the alleged victim was a family friend and they had on occasions undertook trips together as families.
He said it had taken him by surprise to learn that the woman had laid charges against him.
He also testified that they belonged to the same prayer group of which he is one of the leaders.
At the close of proceedings, the state, represented by advocate Christopher Burke, indicated its intention to have Mulaudzi's R30,000 bail cancelled on the grounds that he had allegedly committed another similar offence while out on bail.
The application is set to be heard by the magistrate who granted the bail.
Mulaudzi made headlines last year when he was arrested for allegedly raping a patient he was treating at Ha Makhuvha.
Mulaudzi is also accused of another rape allegedly committed when he offered a lift to a pregnant fellow church member from Polokwane to Makhado.
The incident is alleged to have taken place on June 28.
Mulaudzi is out on R2,000 bail on this matter.
He is scheduled to appear in court on August 29 in connection with the matter.