Sewage water bath part of rape ordeal

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IOL Morake INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Suspected Ivory Park serial rapist Justice Albert Morake, 34, in the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court. File picture: Motlabana Monnakgotla

Johannesburg - She was instructed to take a bath in sewage water after her rape ordeal.

Once she was done, her alleged rapist took away her underwear, her cellphone and R100.

This was heard at the South Gauteng High Court, sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The woman was testifying against alleged serial rapist Justice Albert Morake, 34.

Morake pleaded not guilty to all 175 charges against him. The charges include 53 counts of kidnapping, 27 of robbery with aggravating circumstances, 34 of rape, 12 of sexual offences and other related matters, and two of attempted murder.

The Ivory Park, Midrand, woman told the court she had earlier pleaded with her rapist to let her go. This was because her three children were all by themselves at home.

But her plea was ignored.

The court heard that the woman was on her way home when she met the rapist. She had just alighted from her transport, running to her house, when she was approached by the man just after 10pm.

The woman was an assistant manager at a food outlet at the time of the incident. Her shift was from 7am until 10pm.

She said the man was in possession of a firearm and instructed her not to scream when he tripped her on the street.

She told the court that she was taken to a nearby bridge.

She was ordered to undress and instructed to hold on to the railing of the bridge while her attacker tried to penetrate her from behind.

When he failed, she was escorted to another spot, where she was told to lie on her back before being raped.

The woman told the court that her rapist used his hat to cover her face.

However, she was able to see the man because the hat kept moving.

She told the court the incident had made her not trust people anymore.

She added that this also made her push away her husband, who never gave up on their relationship and continued to support her.

During cross-examination, Morake’s defence lawyer, advocate Dumisani Mkhwanazi, said his client would tell the court the sex was consensual and that Morake and the victim had met at a tavern.

However, the woman disputed the version and told the court she was a teetotaller.

The trial continues.

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