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Woman raped after boyfriend ran away

A woman recalled how her boyfriend jumped out of a car and fled leaving her in the hands of a rapist.

Accused Lucky Rababue, 23, pleaded not guilty to all 69 rape charges.

On Tuesday, he scribbled furiously in his notebook as the woman told the Mahikeng High Court of her ordeal.

On Monday, Rababue giggled sheepishly as another woman testified about how he had attacked and raped her.

His lawyer Nzame Skibi said Rababue decided to remain silent when asked to explain his plea on 39 of the 69 counts against him.

Skibi told Judge Samkelo Gura that on the day the woman claims she was raped, Rababue was attending his friend's funeral in Kuruman and returned two days later.

Rababue faces 21 counts of robbery, which include 25 of rape, two of attempted murder, one of attempted rape, and several others for theft, robbery, assault, firearm possession and housebreaking.

All the crimes were committed in Mahikeng between January 2012 and May 2014

The woman said she did not recognise the person who raped her because he was wearing a balaclava.

She told the court that at about midnight on February 5 2012 in Danville, Mahikeng, three men walked onto the road and pointed a firearm at her boyfriend who was driving.

"He then stopped the car and ran away. [As] the men followed him I walked away, to look for help. A man grabbed me from behind, strangled me and hit me with a hard object on my eye," she said.

The woman told the court as she turned she realised the man was wearing a balaclava.

"I pleaded with him not to hurt me and leave me alone because I left two children at home, but he did not want to listen. He then held my hand and walked me into the veld and raped me," she said.

The trial continues.

tshehleb@sowetan.co.za

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