Alleged gang rape victim's continued trauma amid constant court delays

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Published Aug 15, 2019


Cape Town – After two years of delays in an alleged

gang rape and kidnapping case, a Ceres

man known as “M” was finally able to

tell the courts about his ordeal as the

trial got under way this week. 

The trial against Rodney Beukes, Austin Fritz and Peter John Adams – each

facing charges of kidnapping and rape,

dating back to 2017 – has been marred

by a number of delays, and again this

week was postponed to a later date for

further investigation and trial. 

“M” was motivated to tell his story

to the courts in fear of becoming the

next homosexual murdered in Ceres,

following the death of his friend, David


Olyne was found tortured and murdered at a dam in Ceres in 2014. His

murderer, Christo Oncke, is serving 17

years for the hate crime.

The constant delays in “M’s” case has

sparked outrage among activist groups,

including the Triangle Project that

has closely supported “M” from Bella


The accused have all pleaded not

guilty to all charges. 

National Prosecuting Authority

regional spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila

said: “They applied for bail (previously)

while the matter was in the district court

and were denied bail. 

“Their trial started on Monday,

continued (on Tuesday) and has

been postponed to October 8 for further


Before the recent delay, according

to Triangle Project support services

manager Sharon Cox, “M” had testified

in camera about his second rape allegedly at the hands of the men affiliated

to a notorious gang, the Ford Boys, in

the area. 

Cox said the case, which has been

postponed for about eight times,

has been traumatic for their client, but through continued support

and counselling, and preparing for

court, “M” was able to pace himself

through his testimony and cross-examination. 

“He did an amazing job on the stand

and he was amazingly brave.” 

She said “M” had lodged a special

application to testify in camera, as he

feared for his life and felt “extremely

fragile, vulnerable and intimidated”

after the incidents. 

“He lives in the community

where the gang resides and this gang

has terrorised the community, especially the LGBTI community, for many


“Delays and postponements have a

great impact on victims. A victim will emotionally, psychologically and physically prepare for trials

and when it does not commence on

the date set down, the victim has to go

through that all again. 

“Delays can also often be seen as a

means to deter the victim in the hopes

that the victim will grow tired of the

emotional toll it takes and drop the


“Very seldom do men come

forward to report rape, but we hope with

these cases, men will be more forthcoming to highlight this very serious


“The matter has been handled sensitively and this gives more hope to


“We also have the highest hope in

the investigating officer in this case,”

added Cox.

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