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Cape Town - An alleged serial sex offender accused of sodomising five young boys intermittently over eight years has appeared in the Western Cape High Court.
Enoch Lefuthane appeared before Judge Robert Henney for a pre-trial hearing on Friday.
Lefuthane is alleged to have abducted his first victim, a 10-year-old boy from Snake Valley Forest in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, in 2005.
Lefuthane, who was a passenger in the same minibus taxi as the boy, is alleged to have lured the child to a shop with the promise of food and sweets. He then allegedly took the boy to nearby bushes and sodomised him.
In October 2005, Lefuthane allegedly approached the same boy while he was playing with his friends, but the boy ran away. Lefuthane allegedly gave chase, caught the boy, dragged him into bush close by and sodomised him again.
The next reported incident was in March 2009 where Lefuthane allegedly kidnapped a nine-year-old boy from a township in Sterkspruit, Palmietfontein, in the Eastern Cape and dragged him into his house.
“The boy was (later) rescued,” the summary of facts read.
On November 13, 2010, Lefuthane allegedly snatched a 10-year-old boy from his house in Sterkspruit after he refused to go with him to his house. The boy was taken to Lefuthane’s house where his hands were tied behind his back before he was sodomised. “When the boy cried (Lefuthane tried to strangle) him. (Lefuthane) detained the boy the whole night and released him the next morning,” the State alleges.
On August 25 last year, Lefuthane allegedly asked a six-year-old Kayamadi boy where he could buy dagga. They boy said he did not know but walked with Lefuthane to bush in the area but refused to go in. Lefuthane is accused of sodomising and attempting to strangle the boy in the bush.
A month later, Lefuthane allegedly sodomised another boy, aged seven.
“Lefuthane is linked (to the crimes) by way of forensic evidence and identified by the complainant,” the State alleges.
Lefuthane has been charged with 15 counts including abduction, indecent assault and attempted murder. He is due back in court for another pre-trial hearing on November 8.