A Cape Town domestic worker has been arrested for allegedly raping her boss’s teenage son.
The accused was fired from her job and found herself behind bars when her employer allegedly found out that she had sexually assaulted the woman’s 15-year-old son.
The woman was arrested on April 14 and faces a charge of statutory rape.
Two days later she appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court where prosecutor Shaina Naidoo told the court that the 24-year-old woman had been employed by a Bergvliet family as their domestic worker.
She told Magistrate Marietjie van Eeden that while working for the family, the accused had allegedly forced the teenage boy to have sexual intercourse with her.
Naidoo asked the court to postpone the matter for a week while police investigators checked if she had any pending cases or previous convictions.
When the accused appeared in court again on April 23, she was told that the State was not opposing her release on bail.
But Naidoo asked the court to set strict conditions as part of her bail.
In her sworn affidavit handed to the court, the accused said she knew the boy and his family for a year and knew where they lived.
She said that she lived with her grandmother in Macassar and that she had a one-year-old dependant.
She also said that she intended pleading not guilty.
The accused’s bail was set at R300 and she was warned not to make any contact with the boy or his family.
She was instructed to stay out of the Bergvliet area and to report to the Macassar Police Station every Monday and Wednesday between 6pm and 10pm.
The accused was back in court on Wednesday where she heard that cops had wrapped up their investigation into the alleged incident and were ready to proceed with the trial.
Naidoo asked the court to postpone the case so that arrangements can be made for the matter to be transferred to the Wynberg Regional Court.
The accused was not home when the Daily Voice visited her on Wednesday.
Her grandmother, who was sitting in the doorway, said the accused wasn’t home and sent a young girl to call the woman’s sister.
“She lives in the bungalow at the back with her sister,” says the ouma.
“I don’t know where she is but maybe her sister will know.”
When the sister came to the door, she insisted that she didn’t know where the accused was.
“Ek is haar sister. Vir wat soek julle vir haar (I’m here sister. Why are you looking for her)?” she asked.
“Who sent you to come look for her?”
The young woman folded her arms across her chest and insisted she didn’t know where her sister was.
“She hasn’t come home yet and I don’t know where she is or what time she’ll be home.”
* This article was published in the Daily Voice