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Victim can't identify rapist

By unknown | Feb 27, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

A rape victim yesterday failed to identify suspected serial rapist Mongezi Jinxela as the man who raped her 11 years ago.

The 34-year-old woman was testifying in the Johannesburg high court where Jinxela, 38, is on trial for allegedly raping 65 women.

The state said Jinxela's alleged rape spree started in 1994 and ended in 2004 when he was arrested.

He has been charged with 261 counts, which includes 71 rapes because, according to the state, some women were raped more than once.

Yesterday the woman said she was not certain if she could identify her attacker.

"It happened a long time ago. Back then I would have been able to identify him, but now I'm not sure," she said.

Asked by state advocate Louisa Loots to look around the court room for her alleged rapist, the woman still could not positively identify Jinxela.

"I can't say if he is here or not," she said.

But what was vivid in her mind was the October 9 incident which, she said, later ruined her marriage.

She said she was waiting at a traffic light in Booysens, Johannesburg, when a man approached her and offered her a job.

"He told me that he was a manager and was looking for 20 people but that he had only succeeded in securing five," the woman told the court.

She said she later agreed to go with him to see where he worked.

"I was interested in the job because he said it paid R2000 more than what I was earning," she explained.

She said she walked with him until they reached a bushy area.

"I became afraid and was about to turn away when he said I should do what he told me to.

"I did because I could see that death was imminent. He ordered me to undress. When I refused he punched me in the mouth and I fell to the ground," she said.

She said the man then raped her.

"Afterwards I felt angry and ashamed," she said

The trial continues.


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