A 19-YEAR-OLD woman from Pumula South suburb has accused her father of raping her four years ago, although she says she was afraid to report him then.
The woman’s 49-year-old father appeared before the Western Commonage provincial magistrate Willard Mafios Moyo where he was charged for contravening Section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was further remanded in custody to January 21 for continuation of trial.
State doctors said there might be a possibility that she was raped, but the girl’s admission that she had a sexual relationship with her boyfriend after the alleged rape, could complicate the trial.
The father told the court that he never raped his daughter, but he only asked where she got the pair of trousers she was wearing and that he tried to pull them out, because he did not know where she got them from.
“I pulled them out as a concerned father because she failed to explain clearly to me where she got them,” he said.
“Now she claims I raped her because I did what she did not want.”
Prosecutor Mufaro Mageza told the court that the father committed the offence sometime in 2011 when his daughter was still a minor, thinking she would overlook the matter due to the alleged threats made.
The State alleges that the girl removed clothes from the washing line taking them to her father’s bedroom, where he demanded to know where she got the new pair of jeans she was wearing.
The girl said her father pulled out her trousers and raped her before threatening her not to tell anyone.
The girl went on to tell her boyfriend about the matter.
The boyfriend has since come forward as a witness in the case.