By: Zethu Gweva
A 22-year-old female who was hitching-hiking from Mdantsane to East London was raped by her driver Anda Majavu who has now been sentenced to life imprisonment by the East London Regional Court.
According to the SAPS, the 35-year-old taxi driver Majavu first dropped off another passenger and when it was just the two of them in the vehicle, he started to threaten her with a broken bottle top and drove to a secluded area where he raped her.
“He drove off with her and found another secluded area near Da Gama Textiles where he raped her again, gagging her mouth and binding her legs, arms and wrists. He then pushed her into a ditch, covered her with shrubs and left her there,” said SAPS.
The SAPS added that after a while, she managed to untie her legs. Her wrists were so tightly bound that the material cut into her flesh.
She ran towards the road where she was rescued by a motorist who took her to the Cambridge Police Station. The police arrested Majavu a few days later.
The police said during the trial, Majavu claimed that the victim initiated the sexual encounter.
However, Majavu failed to explain how the victim sustains her injuries. In aggravation of sentence, the prosecutor, Thando Feni, asked the court for a life sentence because of the horrific nature of the crime. “
“He said that gender-based violence was rife and that a strong message needed to be sent to the community that women are protected by the courts,” said the SAPS.