‘This very serious case involving around 35 child victims between the ages of 11yrs old to 14yrs old started at 11am this morning after other less serious cases postponements were cleared by the Magistrate at the Palm Ridge District Court 2. The rapist, Sfiso S. Makhubo was brought in chains and a copy of the indictment was handed to the accused and his Defence. Before announcing that this case is remanded to 22 July 2013 for trial at the High Court to run until October 31 2013, The State Prosecutor, Joyce Xhakaza then read out all 121 counts dating back to 2006 against him which include charges kidnapping, rape, attempted murder, physical assault contravening sections of the firearm control act, robbery with aggravating circumstances. His HIV status was highlighted on his attempted murder charges – he raped his victims knowing his positive status whose health could be forever compromised by this monster!’
‘Surely the State does not need a whole year to complete their investigations!’ says an irate Vincentia Dlamini-Ngobese.
‘From the matched DNA samples we know that the accused has raped children since 2006 however it is not known if there were victims before then’, says Vincentia, ‘the 36 yr old Thokoza resident was arrested early this year, 2012 after one of his victims followed him to his house after he had raped her. The victim alerted community members who assisted the police in arresting him’
The State argued that in order to complete its investigation, meaning assessment reports, HIV testing of all involved and court preparation for each victim, it was postponing the continuation of this case until the 22 July 2012!
The court announced that this dangerous perpetrator is to be moved to the Krugersdorp prison today to be closer to Sterkfontein institute for psychiatric observations.
‘We are shocked and disappointed at this decision to postpone this case for a whole year! In the end it’s the victims who will suffer’, says Vincentia. ‘Rape cases involving child victims should be prosecuted with urgency to eliminate unnecessary secondary trauma. This is a serious case involving around 35 child victims between the ages of 11yrs old to 14yrs old, some of whom have already received appropriate therapy at WMACA’s Boksburg Kidz Clinic. 33 DNA samples have been matched to the alleged rapist and you would think it would be treated as a top priority case at all times!’
There have been too many postponements this year. This is not the first time we are expressing our outrage at how this case is being managed by our justice system. Court proceedings started on 23 April 2012 at the Alberton Magistrate Court and we witnessed postponements on 9, 14 and 31 May and then 6 June,( when it was decided to move this case to the sexual offences court at Palmridge Court), we were horrified that this dangerous alleged serial rapist and other inmates where moved to another court room through the corridors of the court building, un-cuffed, putting perpetrators and victims in the same area together and the case was kept waiting while postponements of other far less serious cases were heard. This was a violation of the victims’ rights!’ says Vincentia.
‘We expected more from our justice system today – we are not happy that the State needs a whole year to investigate this case further! We were relieved that this case has moved from the Alberton Magistrate Court to the Palm Ridge Court and now we are satisfied that it will be heard by the High Court which is where this very serious case should have been heard from the beginning as a top priority case managed by highly trained specialists!’