A Nigerian national accused of abducting and raping a 12-year-old girl for three months was met with insults and slurs from women’s organisations when he entered the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for his bail application.
The man, 36, walked into the noisy courtroom to find out that his legal representative withdrew as he had not been paid.
Women from the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), the DA and Mamelodi Women in Deeds shouted “sies” and “rot in jail”.
The accused was appearing for the second time in court.
“The case has been remanded to December 19. The accused will apply for legal aid,” said magistrate Lesetja Mphahlele.
The accused allegedly abducted the grade 7 pupil in September, when she left home to visit friends outside Silverton.
He locked the Mamelodi girl in a room where he allegedly repeatedly raped her.
Speaking outside the court among singing women’s league members, Tshwane ANCWL regional secretary Gogo Ndlovana said they came to support the family of the victim, who was said to be severely traumatised.
The accused was arrested on December 1 when passersby spotted his victim during an attempt to escape from the flat in Sunnyside.
Sunnyside police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said the young girl had been taken by another unknown girl to a flat in Sunnyside, where both of them spent the night.
“Apparently, the girl woke up the following day to find the man seated on the bed.
“The unknown girl was nowhere to be found,” he said.
It is alleged the accused kept the girl as a sex slave, attempting to groom her into prostitution while repeatedly raping her. He also allegedly beat her.