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By unknown | Dec 21, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

A poor Limpopo family is living in fear of continued abuse and losing their room after the Thohoyandou high court postponed a hearing over a disputed property.

At the centre of the dispute is Thohoyandou magistrate Azwi- hangwisi Ramavhale and his ex-girlfriend, Khensani Michavi.

The two lovebirds were separated in November after living together for eight years.

They are fighting over ownership of a room, in the house belonging to Michavi's guardian.

Yesterday Ramavhale's defence counsel Maele Mushasha told the court that discussions were under way to settle the matter outside of court.

But the applicants' counsel Ntakuseni Mashau said he was not aware of such discussions.

The court had to be adjourned to allow for the defence to brief the applicant on what was described as false negotiations.

Michavi filed a legal suit after Ramavhale took her parents' property and locked the room he claimed he had built.

But according to Michavi's guardian, Phophi Baloyi, Ramavhale lied when he claimed that he had also bought the items which include a refrigerator, bed and chairs.

Baloyi said the family wanted their property back.

Sowetan was reliably informed that Ramavhale was later advised to return the property and unlock the room, and that failure to do so would mean he could face charges of statutory rape.

The issue of statutory rape stems from concerns that the two began their relationship when Khensani was 14 years old and in Grade 6 at Nyabane Primary school.

Baloyi dismissed Ramavhale's claims that he had built the room.

He said Ramavhale found the room incomplete and volunteered to finish it in 2001 when he started seeing Michavi.

Outside the court, Sowetan saw court officials persuading the family to close the case.

Baloyi confirmed being persuaded to have the case closed and accept Ramavhale's apology.

When asked about issue of statutory rape, Mashau refused to comment, saying the matter was yet to be heard in court.

The case was adjourned to January 10 next year when the court reopens.


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