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RAPE VICTIM's long wait for justice

By unknown | Dec 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

A 22-year-old rape victim has described as "harrowing" the time the Limpopo magistrate's court has spent without finalising her case.

Her case has been postponed 48 times since 2000 and the victim feels that the Justice Department was being unjust to her.

The woman, who was raped in 2001 when she was 15, has yet to see justice done seven years after her ordeal.

To add insult to injury, her alleged rapists, who live only three blocks away from her home, are both out on R1000 bail each.

The victim and her alleged rapists live in Malebitsa village in Limpopo's Moutse.

Her family suspects that something underhand is going on after the Moutse magistrate's court yesterday postponed the case - again - to January next year without any explanation.

"Had I known that the justice system would let me down so badly I would not have reported the two men who raped me," told Sowetan yesterday. "Justice delayed is justice denied."

The victim's mother, who cannot be named, said seven years was a long time to wait and they needed closure.

"This case has been dragging on for a long time and no one is willing to tell us why," said the mother.

The victim was allegedly raped by Hendrick Masuku Matlanato, 27, and Tsomi Skosana, 28.

The two allegedly accosted het at knife point, dragged her from a tavern and threatened to stab her if she screamed, according to police spokesman Superintendent Jackson Tlemo.


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