Pupil’s al­leged rapist gets bail

FAM­ILY FEAR­FUL: HE MIGHT COME FOR HER, THEY SAY

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS - –ror­isangk@ci­ti­zen.co.za

She said he would drop off all the other chil­dren, then go to Pre­to­ria West, where he al­legedly raped her at knife­point in­side the minibus taxi.

The state did not op­pose bail, but re­quested that Kekana’s bail con­di­tions in­clude aban­don­ing his school minibus busi­ness un­til the mat­ter was fi­nalised.

Mag­is­trate Mar­ley Mokoena re­jected this bail con­di­tion af­ter Kekana said it was his sole source of in­come.

Kekana was granted R3 000 bail on con­di­tion that he did not com­mu­ni­cate with the fam­ily or in­ter­fere with wit­nesses.

The fa­ther of the vic­tim, who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tify of his child, ex­pressed fear that Kekana might tar­get other pupils.

“We are wor­ried that he could con­tinue where he left off.

“We are also not sat­is­fied with the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer as he has not com­mu­ni­cated with us at all.

“He has not even got state­ments from other chil­dren who were us­ing the same trans­port,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the child’s state­ment, read out by state pros­e­cu­tor Lazo Tshomela on Thurs­day, Kekana had picked her up in the morn­ings last month. He dropped off the other pupils in Aka­sia, Aman­dasig and The Or­chards, but drove past his vic­tim’s school to Suider­berg in Pre­to­ria West.

“He parked the ve­hi­cle and smoked out­side and then came back. I was sit­ting in the third seat. He came and sat next to me.

“He took a knife from his pocket and put it to my neck. He un­dressed me, took off my trousers and panty and pen­e­trated with­out per­mis­sion.

“I was scared to shout be­cause the knife was on my neck,” the girl said.

The child’s fam­ily are afraid that the man will come for her. “We fear for our daugh­ter’s life be­cause we don’t know what he is go­ing to do af­ter be­ing granted bail.

“We have to take our daugh­ter some­where for her safety un­til she writes ex­ams, then she will go away for hol­i­days. We fear he will do some­thing be­cause this is a se­ri­ous mat­ter,” they said.

Wor­ried he could con­tinue where he left off.

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