THE man fingered by Deputy Minister of Public Works Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu as the one who raped her denies everything.
Yesterday, in a radio interview, Bogopane-Zulu named John Gumede as the man who raped her 20 years ago when she was a pupil at the Filadelfia Secondary School north of Pretoria.
Bogopane-Zulu said she had been raped and impregnated while she was a pupil at the school for the visually impaired, hearing impaired and physically challenged pupils in Soshanguve.
This followed a Sowetan exposé that pupils at the school were being raped and abused by teachers and security guards.
Gumede, who was a teacher at the school then, is now a senior official in the Department of Basic Education.
"I never raped her. This is not the first time she has claimed that I raped her. This is probably the third time and that would explain why I am not scared," Gumede said yesterday.
"She must come out with the truth and the whole story. I knew her for a a very long time, way before she was a student at Filadelfia.
"I was a teacher there. I do not want to say anything about the matter because I don't know what her aim is and I don't want to play into that. This is not her speaking, it is her position. It is about political power,"
Bogopane-Zulu said she had tried several times to lay charges against Gumede but never succeeded.
"I decided to stop chasing this man and focused on developing my life," she said yesterday.
She said in 1990 she went to the Soshanguve police station to open a case but she was told that it was impossible because she was a Bophuthatswana citizen.
"I went to Phokeng but the police told me that they could not arrest him because he was a South African citizen. I managed to open a case at Pretoria central police station in 2004. Then deputy minister of safety and security (Susan Shabangu) vowed to help me and the case was thoroughly investigated.
"But the national prosecuting authority declined to prosecute," she said.
Bogopane-Zulu said she approached former public protector Lawrence Mushwana for help but "he said there was nothing he could do and advised me to pursue a private prosecution, which I could not afford."
She said she also tried to seek child maintenance from Gumede but her application was turned down when he denied being the father.
The Ministry of Basic Education said they supported Gumede's "naming and shaming" but would not take action against Gumede now.