‘My son is not a rapist’

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“My son is not a rapist. He was in­volved with that girl. They were in a re­la­tion­ship. I don’t know how it can be pos­si­ble that it can be called rape when peo­ple are in a re­la­tion­ship.”

The 51-year-old woman is speak­ing to City Press from her home in Bethany vil­lage, half-ly­ing across a brown couch be­cause she’s not feel­ing well.

She’s talk­ing about her 25-year-old son, a teacher, and the 11-year-old girl he’s been ac­cused of rap­ing.

The woman agrees that it wasn’t ideal for her son to be ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with such a young girl, but in­sists she had no idea what statu­tory rape was, or that her son was break­ing the law by sleep­ing with an un­der­age girl.

Her hus­band, the teacher’s fa­ther, is a po­lice­man.

“I don’t know the law. All I know is that be­cause these two were lovers, it was con­sen­sual and not rape as it was al­leged. Though he is older than her, it is the young girl who threw her­self at him.

“That girl was the one who went to my son’s place. She was not forced. It’s her mother who turned around and said her daugh­ter was raped. The girl did not say that. How do you ex­plain that? Peo­ple are just jeal­ous of us and my fam­ily, that is all.”

We’re speak­ing in a ron­davel next to the woman’s home. She is the mother of seven. There’s a wall unit full of pho­tos of the woman’s hus­band, the po­lice­man. There’s also a wardrobe, a ta­ble, couches and a bed on the far side of the ron­davel.

If we step out­side, we can see the girl’s home. It’s sep­a­rated by an empty field, smaller than a soc­cer pitch.

The woman is an­gry with the girl’s mother for “jump­ing the gun” by get­ting the po­lice in­volved.

“This would have been re­solved am­i­ca­bly if we had dis­cussed things as fam­ily with­out get­ting out­siders in­volved. This was a fam­ily mat­ter and it should have been treated as such. Now my son has lost his job as a teacher. He is in Cape Town, do­ing who knows what.”

Af­ter his ar­rest, the woman asked her son if he’d forced him­self on the lit­tle girl. He said no. He said what they did was con­sen­sual.

She re­fused to give City Press her son’s con­tact de­tails.

The man’s trial is due to start at the Wil­low­vale Mag­is­trates’ Court in the Eastern Cape on Au­gust 27. – Luba­balo Ngcukana

I don’t know the law. All I know is that be­cause these two were lovers, it was con­sen­sual and not rape as it was al­leged MOTHER OF AL­LEGED RAPIST

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