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'Dr Love' blows off indecency charges

By unknown | Nov 08, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

Charges of indecent assault against gay socialite and self-styled healer Mveleli "Dr Love" Gqwede were withdrawn at the Randburg magistrates' court yesterday.

Gqwede was arrested last month after Mthokozisi Madlala, 20, who had lived with him in his house in Vosloorus, alleged that Gqwede had fondled him.

At the time of the incident Madlala was quoted by a Sunday newspaper as saying: "One Friday night he called me to his bedroom where he asked me to get into his bed.

"We were both naked in his bed and he poured me a glass of fruit juice before switching the TV on and making me watch a pornographic movie.

"He asked me if I had ever slept with a woman and I told him it had been a long time. He started to touch my thighs and private parts and asked me Uziva njani? [how do you feel?]."

Prosecutor Ronnie Makhadi yesterday said the state was withdrawing the charges against Gqwede because of insufficient evidence.

Gqwede later told Sowetan that he was neither excited nor angry about the charges being dropped.

"Even if the case had proceeded to trial, I was going to be cleared of the charges anyway because I was not guilty.

"This boy was just abusing my kindness," he said.


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