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'Rapist' dad denied bail

By unknown | Feb 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Given Mahlalela

Given Mahlalela

A Mpumalanga sugar cane farmer was denied bail after he allegedly raped and impregnated his 17-year-old daughter last year.

The suspect, who cannot be named to protect the victim's identity, appeared before Nelspruit regional court magistrate William Wilken on Tuesday.

The suspect, who is in his early 50s, and his daughter are from Sikhwahlane Trust near Malelane.

He denied raping his daughter when asked if he had done so by Wilken.

"I never raped my daughter. The allegations are far-fetched and are being spread by people whose motive is to damage my image in the community."

The case was postponed to next Thursday to enable him to apply for legal aid.

Early last year, the suspect was arrested over the same charges of rape and incest.

Though the charges were withdrawn then, the case has been reinstated.

The court gallery was packed to capacity with furious residents of Sikhwahlane, who wanted to make sure that the suspect was not granted bail.

This was the suspect's fifth appearance.

During the proceedings the residents picketed outside the court.

They chanted struggle songs and threatened to hurl stones at the suspect.

His daughter, who is a Grade 12 pupil in Sikhwahlane, told Sowetan that the first rape incident happened at her father's farm.

She said she conceived but aborted the pregnancy afterwards. She said the second rape incident took place at home.

But the situation turned ugly when it was discovered that she was pregnant.

When asked who was responsible for her pregnancy, she revealed that it was her father.

Tonga police spokesman Constable Mzwandile Nyambi said police were probing incest and rape charges against the suspect.


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