Grilling for girl in sold-for-sex case

Four women charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing, rape, ap­pear in court

Daily Dispatch - - News - TEMBILE SGQOLANA tem­biles@dis­patch.co.za

De­fence at­tor­ney Mkhangeli Nqayana spent Thurs­day try­ing to punch holes in the tes­ti­mony of the 14-year-old girl who was al­legedly pros­ti­tuted by four women in Whit­tle­sea in 2016.

The girl had tes­ti­fied that Xolelwa Garhishe, Yolanda Klaas, Zintle Tom and Nwabisa Kaziwa had al­legedly pros­ti­tuted her for R80.

She told the Ko­mani re­gional court that she had been raped by six men and been starved over four days.

How­ever, Nqayana put it to the girl, who at the time of the al­leged rape was 12 years old, that she had al­legedly told his clients that she had a “blesser” who gave her money.

“The ac­cused say you vis­ited them fre­quently and you would come to their house with money claim­ing that you got it from your blesser,” said Nqayana, but the al­leged vic­tim de­nied this.

Nqayana also put it to the court that the al­leged vic­tim only an­swered ques­tions she wanted to and ig­nored those she was not com­fort­able with.

“When I am not re­mem­ber­ing some­thing I am not re­mem­ber­ing. I can­not agree with lies,” said the al­leged vic­tim

The four women have been charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing and rape while their co-ac­cused, Harun Mo­hammed faces a rape charge.

Nqayana said the al­leged vic­tim had con­tra­dicted tes­ti­monies of other state wit­nesses, to which she re­sponded by say­ing all she knows is what hap­pened.

She told Nqayana she had been held hostage by the four women, who pre­vented her from go­ing to school.

“I could not go home as they threat­ened to kill me if I did. I never sus­pected any­thing be­cause they were friendly to me, even when they said we must go to town I did not sus­pect any­thing,” she said.

She said she first be­came scared when they al­legedly told her they were pros­ti­tutes and if she ran from them they would al­legedly kill her.

“In the house they guarded me all the time and kept me against my will.

“There is noth­ing that I did with­out them mon­i­tor­ing me,” she said.

Af­ter in­ten­sive ques­tion­ing by Nqayana, the young girl fi­nally said she was ex­hausted and the case was rolled over to Fri­day.

In the house they guarded me all the time and kept me against my will

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