Nigerian Man Appears in Court for Alleged New Year’s Rape


A Nigerian national will be appearing in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court today after it is alleged that he and his friend raped a 21-year-old female on New Year’s Day.

According to South African Police Services (SAPS) spokesperson, Sabata Mokgwabone, it is alleged that the suspect and the woman met and exchanged contact numbers during the day in Rustenburg Central Business District (CBD) on Saturday, 31 December 2016.

They allegedly met later in the evening for drinks. The woman allegedly requested to be taken home in the early hours of Sunday, 1 January 2017, but the suspect refused. He allegedly took the woman to his place where he and his friend repeatedly raped her.

He is expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 3 January 2017, on a charge of rape. The police have launched a search for the other suspect.

The woman’s friend, who was continually communicating with her (the victim), contacted the police when the victim no longer responded to her efforts to communicate. Upon alerting the police, a manhunt was launched.

Upon arrival of the police at the suspect’s place, he fled but was arrested after an extensive search in the area.

Pulane Choane/BloemfonteinCourant