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MALAIKA MAHLATSI | Can we please witness justice being done in these zama-zama rape cases

Speed up DNA results, beef up investigation team to do right moves

A friend of mine, who we will call Limpho, was raped by her father when she was only 10 years old. The case went to trial and after a year of her having to give gruelling testimony in camera, reliving the most traumatic experience that a child should never have to, her father was acquitted.

The judge who presided over the case, an old white man that she describes as having “kind eyes and a warmth about it”, approached her and her family to convey his heartfelt apology for the outcome of the trial. He explained that he was bound by the law to reach the decision he had, due in part to some glaring inconsistencies in Limpho’s testimony. ..

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