Bu­l­awayo teenager raped on first date

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Re­porter

A MAN from Nketa sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo al­legedly raped his friend’s teenage sis­ter on a day he had taken her on their first date.

A court heard that Zenzo Nondo (25) sought per­mis­sion from his friend to take her young sis­ter to town.

It is al­leged that the 17-year-old was reluctant to go but her sis­ter pres­sured her to go say­ing she wanted her to bring her “um­nyi” (bird­plum) an in­dige­nous fruit.

Nondo was not asked to plead to a charge of rape when he ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Ms Nyaradzo Ringisayi. He was re­manded in cus­tody to Au­gust 26. Prose­cut­ing, Mr Mu­faro Mageza said Nondo first went to town with the girl and at around 2PM, he took her to his house in Nketa 8 sub­urb.

“Ac­cused told com­plainant he wanted to show her where he lives so that she would visit him some time. When they got to his house, ac­cused pro­posed love to com­plainant but she re­fused. He started fondling com­plainant’s breasts. He lifted her from a couch where they were sit­ting and lay her on his bed. He wore a con­dom and raped her once,” said Mr Mageza.

He said the com­plainant re­ported the mat­ter to one of her sis­ters five days later lead­ing to Nondo’s ar­rest.

In a state­ment, the teenager said Nondo first pro­posed love to her when they were hav­ing lunch in town.

“He took me to a restau­rant where he bought rice for me and sadza for him­self. He told me that he loved me but I turned down his of­fer. We then went to a china shop where he bought me pumps, se­cret socks and panties,” reads her state­ment.

She said when they got to Nondo’s house, he raped her.

“I tried to push him away when he started fondling my breasts but he lifted me from the couch and laid me on his bed. I did not scream when he raped me al­though I was try­ing to push him away from me. He then took me home to Tsha­bal­ala and left me by my gate. I told my older sis­ter about the or­deal five days later.” — @tan­nytkay

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