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Johannesburg - The “testimony” of a deceased witness was heard on Tuesday at the trial of Randburg police Constable Mokolo Molekoa, who faces multiple charges of rape, kidnapping and robbery.
Her boyfriend Freddie Magoro testified on her behalf at the Lenasia Magistrate’s Court.
He told the court how his then girlfriend of four years, Carol Mkhize, had called him on the evening of May 23, 2011 to tell him she had run out of petrol.
By the time Magoro arrived to help her, she was nowhere to be found. Her car was parked on the side of the road. He then received a call from a man he did not know, saying he had picked Mkhize up and would return her shortly. While waiting for her return, a car pulled up and Mkhize ran towards him, crying.
Mkhize told him the accused had pulled up in front of her car and pointed a gun at her. He then took her to a field and raped her.
During cross-examination, defence attorney Buhle Madondo said that, according to the accused, Magoro did not know if Mkhize had another boyfriend, and the reason he had dropped her back at her car was because they had an argument after she discovered he didn’t use a condom during their “consensual sex”.
Magoro denied the accused’s version. The State then called another witness, Lieutenant Yolandi van der Merwe, to present DNA evidence. She said DNA tests done on Molekoa had linked him to the rape. She explained that the results were based on swabs taken on 13 of Molekoa’s alleged victims.
“Does it ever lie, this DNA?” asked State prosecutor Lwazi Ngodwana.
“No. Usually a match is a match… it’s 100 percent,” replied Van der Merwe.
Two of the witnesses were not raped by Molekoa but by his companions, it is alleged. He had allegedly used condoms during two rapes.
The first witness to testify on Tuesday was also allegedly raped by Molekoa, but she said she could not recognise him as she had been afraid to look at him.
Molekoa is accused of 17 charges of rape and kidnapping, and 12 charges of robbery.
He was expected to take the stand on Wednesday.