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Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The national prosecuting authority is conducting an investigation to establish why a Limpopo rape victim has had her case postponed for eight years without an explanation

The 22-year-old woman has been forced to endure the daily trauma of seeing her alleged rapists walking freely in her own street.

She feels the justice system has failed her after her case was postponed 48 times without any explanation.

Her alleged rapists, Hendrick Masuku Matlanato, 27, and Tsomi Skosana, 28, who live close to her home, are out on R1000 bail each.

"I bump into my attackers on a daily basis and the events of the night I was raped fill my memory," she said

Even the accused's lawyer, Moepi Maubane, said they were baffled by the unexplained delay.

"My clients also complained several times because they are worried people will think the postponements are due to their bribing officials," said Maubane

Yesterday NPA spokesman Bulelwa Makeke told Sowetan that they also failed to understand why the case had to be postponed so many times without any reasons being given to the victim.

"We will get to the bottom of the case to find out what really happened here," she said.

Denilton police commissioner Director Daniel Moinyane said the police had done their work.

"The ball is in the Justice Department's court. It is up to them to prosecute" he said.

People Opposing Woman Abuse (Powa) said the postponement of the case was a problem for the victim because she could go on with her life.

"It is difficult for her to put her experience behind her because the trial is hanging over her and she has to relive the experience over and over again for years," said Powa spokesman Nhlanhla Mokwena.

"This is institutional abuse because survivors experience secondary traumatisation by the very institutions that are supposed to protect them."


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