South Africa 2.11.2017 02:13 pm

Boss accused of raping domestic worker, forcing her to perform bestiality appears

A group of ANC members outside the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrates Court in Gauteng on Thursday.

A group of ANC members outside the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrates Court in Gauteng on Thursday.

Protesters outside court sang struggle songs in support of the victim.

The 45-year-old man accused of forcing his domestic worker to perform sex acts with his dog on Thursday abandoned his bail application in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrates’ Court.

The accused, 45, sat stone-aced when he appeared before a packed court presided over by Magistrate Ignatius du Preez.

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It is alleged that the suspect dragged the woman into his room on Monday, a week ago, where he attacked her and forced her to perform acts of bestiality with his dog.

“If you are convicted of all these charges, you will face life imprisonment,” Magistrate Du Preez told Kroukamp.

The man is facing 10 charges including rape, sexual assault, and malicious damage to property. He was arrested last week for allegedly raping a 41-year-old woman. The incidents allegedly happened in Riamar Park, Bronkhorstspruit, on October 23.

The accused’s legal aid lawyer, Ehleketani Maluleke, told the court that her client was abandoning his bail bid, but did not give any reasons.

The state asked for the matter to be postponed to 5 February, next year, to allow for further investigations and to wait for the DNA test results.

Du Preez granted the postponement as requested, but warned that the case would continue on the next date even if the DNA test results were not available.

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The magistrate added: “The defence’s concern that it will be a long wait carries no weight because it is their choice to abandon their bail application. It is not the choice of the court.”

Outside the court, hundreds of people, including members of the ANC, DA and EFF, sang and danced. They were singing struggle songs and anti-racism songs in support of Kroukamp’s victim, who can not be named.

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