Domestic worker allegedly raped by employer

FILE PIC: A rape hot spot warning sign. Picture: Neil McCartney

KwaZulu-Natal police are investigating an alleged rape after a woman threatened to stab herself with a knife rather than engage in sexual intercourse with her employer.

The 24-year-old live-in domestic worker claimed that the accused had proceeded to rape her without using a condom, whereafter she threatened to harm herself, according to Phoenix Sun.

It was believed that the latest alleged rape was the fourth time that the accused raped the woman at her place of employment in Waterfern in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal.

Police said the woman had informed her sister about the incident. The sister then reported the matter to police.

Phoenix police spokesperson Lieutenant Louise Naidoo reportedly said the man was charged with rape, and was due to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court soon.

“Reports of sexual abuse and rape against women and children in the province and more especially in the community are issues that the police and the courts do not treat lightly,” said Naidoo.

“Investigations of this nature are intense and thorough and the perpetrators of such crimes are dealt with seriously. It is the aim of law enforcement officers to ensure that the women and children in our society feel safe and are protected against the atrocities of rape and sexual abuse,” she added.

This after the Nongoma Regional Court convicted and sentenced Mandla Zulu (26) to 25 years imprisonment last week for the rape of a 19-year-old woman on Christmas Day last year.

Following the rape, Zulu preceded to strangle the woman to death.

Captain Thulani Zwane said it was believed that the woman had threatened to report the accused to the police after he raped her, when he decided to kill her.


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