The suspect appeared in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court amid heavy protest action‚ with the public calling for justice to be served.
“The matter was postponed to February 5 for further investigation‚,” said NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw.
The suspect is not being named until he has pleaded. He faces a string of charges‚ including rape‚ sexual assault‚ kidnapping and malicious damage to property.
According to the charge sheet, the suspect, who cannot be named due to the nature of the crime, first held the woman against her will in a room on October 23 and damaged her cellphone.
Subsequently, he forced her to perform the sexual act on him before raping her moments later. But the woman’s ordeal did not end there; after forcing her to also perform mouth sex on his dogs, he instructed her to engage in sex with the pets.
“It is further alleged that the suspect then forced the victim to perform sexual acts on his dog. The police were alerted about this gruesome act and reacted swiftly to arrest the perpetrator‚” he said.
The accused faces 10 counts which include, rape, sexual assault, kidnapping and malicious damage to property. Chaos erupted yesterday as hundreds of angry local residents stormed into the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court, where he was applying for bail.
The crowd, led by the EFF, DA Women’s Network and the ANC Women’s League, were furious at the alleged crimes, which they said were dehumanising and deserved the worst punishment possible. The accused, from Riamar Park in Bronkhorstspruit, instructed his attorney Hleket-ani Maluleke to abandon his bail bid because he no longer felt safe.
State prosecutor Tiisetso Leballo successfully convinced magistrate Ignatius du Preez to postpone the hearing to February 5. The suspect will remain in custody until then. Du Preez made it clear to the accused that he faced life in prison if found guilty.
Tshwane SPCA inspector Andrew Kekana said the family of the accused had nine dogs. The SPCA confiscated the two dogs that were allegedly part of the offence. Kekana said the SPCA was considering laying charges of bestiality. Earlier, protesters spilt rubbish from bins and marched outside the court before another group headed to the local municipal offices to protest.
In a statement‚, the provincial commissioner of police in Gauteng‚ Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange‚ assured the accuser and her family “that the police will ensure that the suspect is brought to justice‚ and if found guilty‚ he must pay dearly for his evil and barbaric acts”.