Court told of rape victim's suffering
ONE of the girls raped by a dance teacher in Khayelitsha later sexually assaulted a younger boy and another suffered teasing from people.
This was the testimony yesterday of a Cape Town social worker on the effects of rape on girls.
She was testifying during sentencing procedures involving Lawrence Mlulami Gagu, who was found guilty of raping seven girls aged between 8 and 12.
Gagu, 49, was also found guilty earlier this month on three counts of displaying pornography to children and one of sexual grooming. He was found not guilty on a sexual assault charge.
Gagu, who taught traditional dance, appeared in the Khayelitsha Regional Court yesterday for sentencing proceedings.
The incidents took place in Khayelitsha between June 2009 and March 2010.
The courtroom was crowded with many family members of his victims.
Outside court about 30 people wearing Treatment Action Campaign T-shirts protested.
Social worker Astrid Klaase interviewed the victims and compiled a report about their ordeal.
She said one of the victims, a 10-year-old girl, was raped 12 times by Gagu.
"The girl still remembers what happened to her. She will think about her ordeal as she grows older," Klaase said.
"The girl will not trust males in future because of her bad experience."
The girl was teased by some community members at the time of the incident but this had changed because of the support by many people in Khayelitsha, she said.
The girl had been receiving counselling at the Nonceba Counselling Family Centre in Khayelitsha.
Speaking about another victim, Klaase said: "Her mother told me she has changed because of the incident. The girl used to cry at night after she had been raped.
"She is worried because Gagu told them [the victims] that he will kill them when he returns from prison."
Because of the incident the girl later raped a young boy in the area, Klaase said.
"The boy's parents understood the cause of the rape. They have blamed Gagu," she said.
Klaase said the girl would see a psychologist for evaluation in the near future.
Sentencing procedures are continuing.