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Blacks raping white South Africans – some people work for a living, blacks rape for a living

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Thabisile Khoza and Oris Mnisi

Bushbuckridge – An American social worker was raped while working for the Peace Corps in rural Mpumalanga.

The 31-year-old woman had to cancel her flight to the US last week to attend the court case.

“She was supposed to fly back to the USA but will have to remain in South Africa until the case is finalised,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Superintendent Abie Khoabane on Monday.

The woman had arrived in South Africa in September last year to do research about HIV and Aids and to help develop rural communities.

She was raped in Bushbuckridge last Sunday (January 20) after attending a Shangaan traditional dance called muchongolo in Rolle.

She had been staying and working at the Hlengelo homebased care centre in nearby Dwarsloop and was waiting for a taxi at about 18:30 when a man offered her a lift in his bakkie.

Suspect was recognised

She accepted, but he drove into bushes and raped her, while threatening her with a broken beer bottle.

He then drove her back to the main road and she was able to escape when he stopped at a four-way stop.

She flagged down another car at the four-way stop and the motorist, who recognised the suspect, took her to the Mhala police station.

The suspect’s parents handed him over to the police last Tuesday.

The 23-year-old man was not asked to plead to charges of rape when he appeared in the Mhala Magistrate’s Court last Thursday.

He was remanded in custody and will appear again on January 29.

Prosecutor Matume Maake urged the court to finalise the case because the woman had to return to the US soon.

Martha Mawila, a co-founder and project manager at the Hlengelo homebased care centre said on Monday that she and her colleagues were still in shock about the incident, and embarrassed.

“We are so embarrassed about what our kids are doing to foreign people. I’m also a woman and I wouldn’t like to have been in the situation she went through, especially in a foreign country,” said Mawila.

“She taught us a lot while she was here and now we don’t know whether she will return to South Africa after this incident,” she added.

Two officials from the American Embassy were at the court and were overheard asking the magistrate to finalise the case as soon as possible. They declined to speak to the media.

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