Rape-accused: 5 days without sex a long time

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dad and son rapists INLSA (File) Father and son, Booi and Rodgers Mahkubele appeared in court facing rape charges and kidnapping. Image: Sibusiso Dubazana

Johannesburg - An Alexandra man who, with his father, is facing multiple rape charges, has told the Johannesburg High Court that five days is a long time for him to not have sex.

Rodgers Makhubela, 29, told the court that although he had two girlfriends in Joburg and others in Giyani, Limpopo, he paid prostitutes for sex because it is “what I like to do with my time”.

Makhubela and his father, Booi, 50, are facing 39 charges, including 17 of rape and others of assault and robbery. They have pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Makhubela said in his testimony that his father had failed in his duties as a parent as he did not “guide and teach him to be good”. He was being cross-examined by the State prosecutor Arveena Persad and his father’s defence counsel Stephens Themba.

Themba quizzed him about his claim that his father had forced him to rape. “If you were forced to have sex, how did you manage to get an erection?” asked Themba.

“Yes I was forced, but when I saw the woman naked and because I had not had sex in a long time, I got an erection,” replied Makhubela.

Persad later put him on the spot by asking him the last time he had sex before being “forced” by his father to rape.

“I can’t remember,” he said.

“I will help you remember, sir. It was the 14th of May 2009. This case [in court now] happened on the 19th of May 2009. It is a week’s difference. Is that a long while, sir?”

“According to me, it is. Other men even consider one to two days a long while,” replied Makhubela.

Persad charged again with questions regarding his sexual exploits with women he called prostitutes and those he said he had “proposed love” to.

At this stage, Makhubela could not distinguish between the women.

He contradicted himself by saying he had approached a woman knowing she was a prostitute when earlier in his evidence-in-chief he had said he had “proposed love” to the woman.

When he realised this, Makhubela raised his voice and appealed to his legal counsel to help him.

Hearing Makhubela’s tongue twist to the contradicting versions, the gallery boomed with laughter.

The trial continues.

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