The young woman was testifying in the trial of Mduduzi Sydwell Mnguni, 25, who has pleaded not guilty to raping the 85-year-old and another woman, 49. Mnguni, from Pienaar Trust outside Mbombela, was arrested by residents and handed to the police on February 11 last year.
On Tuesday, the State revealed that the accused was linked to the rape through DNA evidence. He faced a separate charge for allegedly raping a 49-year-old woman from the same area.
The witness, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, told the court that she first saw Mnguni in the woman’s yard around 8pm on the night of the attack.
“When he saw me and my sister, he hid inside a mealie field. I decided we should alert gogo about him. After she opened the door, I told her she should lock all her doors as there was an intruder outside. After she did, we returned home,” the young woman testified.
She testified that she could not sit back and wait. She then contacted another neighbour and alerted her about the man she saw in her neighbour’s yard. “I went out of the house to speak to my neighbour at the fence. When I returned to the house, I saw a man jumping out of the gogo’s kitchen window,” she said.
“When he landed outside, he moved and there was a light above him. He turned his head towards me. As he looked straight into my face, I realised it was the accused who is now before court. When he saw me, he moved backwards into the dark wall.”
The woman testified that she screamed for help and other neighbours came. Police Sergeant Jabulani Sydney Nkosi testified that he decided to take the woman and her neighbours to the police station to open a case.
“On the way, we stopped at the accused’s home to tell his parents. The accused opened a curtain and saw us. After we spoke to his mother, she said he had just arrived and I decided to arrest him at once.”
Magistrate Willie Wilkens postponed the matter to March 12, 2014.