Yesterday, the 20 February the case was remanded to today to accommodate another witness’ testimony. Today, the case was remanded to the 1 March due to an electrical failure at the Alexandra Magistrate Court!
We were hoping that the perpetrator would take the stand at the next court appearance but now we will have to wait for the last witness to testify on the 1 March 2012.. You would think that our courts would be equipped with generators and with all the necessary resources needed to prevent any delays in cases especially such a heinous case involving so many children, whose studies and daily lives are being disrupted each time they are called to testify.
‘All 11 male victims managed to identify the alleged rapist during an identity parade after he was caught and handed over to the police by one of his victims in April 2011. The victim, who the alleged perpetrator had attempted to rape in December 2010, recognised his attacker crossing a nearby street and with the help of a group of friends handed over the perpetrator to the FCS Unit at the Alexandra police station Our Alexandra Kidz Clinic Social Workers have counselled the victims ranging in age from 12yrs to 18yrs at the Kidz Clinic in Alex and have assisted with preparing them for their court appearances. The young man who handed the rapist to the police has more than likely saved many more young boys from harm and we commend him for his courage.