Cheat­ing woman in the dock for ly­ing about her ab­duc­tion

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - BOTHO MOLOSANKWE

She spent the week­end with lover, cops say

PO­LICE worked around the clock to find a woman who claimed she was kid­napped and raped, only to find that she had lied so she could spend the week­end with the man she cheated on her boyfriend with.

When the truth came to light, Nyameka Cetshwa, 24, was ar­rested and charged with per­jury. She ap­peared in the Joburg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day on a bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Her ar­rest comes at a time when the coun­try is on high alert fol­low­ing a spate of such crimes tar­get­ing girls and women who have been re­ported kid­napped, only to sur­face dead in some cases.

Cetshwa’s court ap­pear­ance was her sec­ond fol­low­ing her ar­rest on June 2 in Ga-Masemola, Lim­popo, where she had fled to. Al­le­ga­tions are that Cetshwa, who lived with her boyfriend in Turf­fontein, knocked off work around 4am on Satur­day, May 27.

She then called her boyfriend and told him that she was at the cor­ner of Kruis and Com­mis­sioner streets in the Joburg CBD wait­ing for a me­tered taxi to take her home.

But she never ar­rived and when her boyfriend tried to phone her, her phone was on voice mail.

The wor­ried boyfriend later re­ceived a call from Cetshwa at around 3.30pm, telling him that two Nige­ri­ans in a red VW Polo Vivo had kid­napped and raped her. She also al­legedly told her boyfriend that the kid­nap­pers had taken one of her phones.

Her boyfriend opened a case of kid­nap­ping and po­lice started to search for her by trac­ing her phone, which was lo­cated in Soweto.

Cap­tain Xoli Mbele of the Joburg po­lice said on Mon­day May 29, Cetshwa went to work straight from her lover’s res­i­dence in Soweto and said noth­ing of her or­deal to any­one.

Mbele said Cetshwa in­stead asked to leave work early, say­ing her sis­ter was not well. Shortly af­ter she left, po­lice ar­rived at her work­place, but were told that she had just left.

Cetshwa was traced to Lim­popo and al­legedly told the po­lice that she had res­cued her­self and went to Chris Hani Barag­wanath Aca­demic Hos­pi­tal for a check-up.

Mbele said po­lice went with Cetshwa to the hos­pi­tal but there was no record of her visit.

“All this time the po­lice were search­ing for her, she had not been kid­napped, but was en­joy­ing her­self in Mo­let­sane with her boyfriend,” Mbele said.

He said Cetshwa had wasted po­lice time and re­sources, be­cause as soon as the boyfriend re­ported the mat­ter, they leapt into ac­tion be­cause of the many cases in­volv­ing the kid­nap­ping, rape and mur­der of women that have been re­ported lately.

“About 30 po­lice were in­volved in the search,” he said.

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