Teenager claims rape after getting $1 for sex

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Codelia Mondela, Court Reporter
AN 18-YEAR-OLD woman from Bulawayo’s Pumula South suburb framed her cousin’s former boyfriend of rape when he gave her $1 after they had sex.

Nomvelo Ndlovu, a Form Three pupil at a local college cried rape after she was given the dollar by Nkosilathi Mutukwa (20), a taxi driver from the same suburb.

Mutukwa had been arraigned for rape before magistrate Ms Sibongile Marondedze.

He pleaded not guilty and Ms Marondedze acquitted him after the State failed to prove a prima facie case against him.

Ms Marondedze said: “The court is satisfied that the State failed to prove a case against the accused. Mutukwa is discharged. He is found not guilty and acquitted.”

A tearful Ndlovu, in a black dress and neatly combed hair left the court looking disappointed.

In her evidence Ndlovu had told the court that Mutukwa raped her twice in his Honda Fit using protection and he had bragged that he was an expert when it came to sex.

“After he raped me for the second time, I had difficulties in breathing that’s when Mutukwa said he would kill me with sex,” she said.

The prosecutor Mr Robin Mukura asked her why she did not seek help from passengers who boarded Mutukwa’s taxi after the rape.

She replied saying: “I could not open up to them as they were strangers. That is why I later narrated the matter to my neighbour.”

Mutukwa told a different story saying that Ndlovu was playing music on his phone and the two were having a good time on that day.

“You are just bitter that I gave you a dollar as you expected me to give you $5 or $10 for what we had done. You were influenced by your friends who laughed at you for having sex for a dollar,” he said.

Mukura said Ndlovu should have sought help from other passengers and there was no evidence that showed she was threatened or assaulted.

He said the two had sex on August 31 this year, around 8AM, after Mutukwa promised to drop Ndlovu at school.

“They had sex at Evelyn High school grounds and at Hillside Dams. Around 1PM, Mutukwa drove back to town and gave Ndlovu a dollar for bus fare,” Mr Mukura said.

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  • Bekezela Moyo

    School children should be protected…this man shouldn’t have been let to walk a free man. Abantwana bayafuna ukuncediswa ngumthetho ekucabangeni….

    • Pams

      she is 18, the boy is 20.

    • Seles

      I agree with you bro. The problem is our constitution which says at 18 one is an adult. Hence the mention of “an 18 year old woman” So now our schools are full of men and women? Those are minors as far as I am concerned. The only adults in my house is my wife and myself. When a visitors knocks on my door and asks my 19 year old niece “abadala bakhona?” How should she respond?

      • Question Mark?

        18 is the age of consent. Thats what the Roman Dutch law says. they are adults. Isn’t it you guys want to be like westerners; the Roman Dutch? Speaking english though the nose, wearing suits and doning shining sunglasses. You think that comes cheap?

  • God of War

    She gave it up for a $1; shame; how cheap can a person get.

  • mamawozwelo

    our girls are a shame now no longer proud of themselves. Why did she take the dollar???

  • Jojochenjera

    This silly girl should be tried for perjury.

  • Tarubva Chibva

    The girl finds no inspiration in going to school because a whole lot of people are suffering from unemployment etc

    Blame the Govt for all this. Tell the woman to register to vote and oust an incompetent Govt captured by a loose former secretary !