Rape suspect's wives called in
As the State prepares to finalise the rape case involving a Johannesburg father and son, the defence has indicated it would call the father's two wives to testify next week.
It has emerged that Booi Makhubela, 50, who, together with his son Rodgers, 26, faces 40 charges of rape, assault and kidnapping, is married to two women.
Since the trial began in the Johannesburg High Court early this year, none of their family members have been to court to show support.
The alleged rapes happened between 2008 and 2009 when father and son allegedly pretended to be taxi drivers and would target female commuters.
Yesterday, three more medical doctors substantiated some of the 10 women's testimony, who are accusing the two defendants of rape.
So far, the nine doctors who examined nine of the 10 complainants, have confirmed that the women's injuries were consistent with rape, and the absence of injuries in the other did not necessarily rule out the possibility of sexual assault.
Dr Kgomotso Mothoagae of Laudium Clinic in Pretoria, who examined complainant number three, said the fact that the woman had given birth to three children may be the reason why she did not sustain injuries on her genitals during the alleged rape.
Dr Thuto Sibongile Nkosi of Hillbrow, who examined complainant number four, said the woman had sustained injuries which were consistent with rape.
She acknowledged that though the injuries could be sustained during consensual intercourse, it was not so in this case.
The accused's lawyers both argue that the sex was consensual and in some cases the complainants were prostitutes.