Alleged serial child rapist on trial for 26 attacks
A man who allegedly raped more than 20 children in Tembisa and Olifantsfontein over four years now has to account for his actions.
The trial of alleged serial rapist Peter Dashboy Khoza‚ who targeted girls as young as nine‚ started in the Johannesburg High Court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court‚ southeast of Johannesburg‚ on Monday.
Khoza‚ 40‚ of Tembisa‚ faces 152 charges including 46 of kidnapping‚ 29 of rape‚ 28 of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm‚ 19 of compelling or causing a child to witness a sexual assault‚ six of theft‚ one of attempted rape and a charge of exposure or display or causing exposure of genital organs to a child.
Khoza pleaded not guilty to all charges. He chose to exercise his right to remain silent and did not tender a plea explanation.
The details of the charges were read out to Khoza on Monday but no witnesses were called yet.
It is the state’s case that Khoza committed the alleged offences between 2007 and 2011 in Tembisa and Olifantsfontein‚ adjoining areas situated to the northeast of Johannesburg. The number of attacks recorded in the two areas is 26.
According to the indictment‚ Khoza would target two or more children‚ mostly girls‚ and lure them with a story to accompany him to a bushy area or an isolated place‚ where he would keep them against their will or tie them up.
His victims were between the ages of nine and 14.
Khoza would then allegedly often use some form of lubrication which he would rub onto the victims’ genitals before raping them.
The state alleges that in cases where he kidnapped more than one child‚ Khoza would rape one and force the other to watch. He allegedly raped one of his victims‚ an 11-year-old girl‚ in front of her two-year-old brother.
He would also on occasion take some of his victims’ property including groceries and money.