How Komani teen was ‘pimped out’

Distraught mother leaves courtroom as daughter relives her ordeal

The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted, kept against her will and prostituted to six men, stormed out of the Komani regional court on Wednesday as she could not listen to her daughter reliving the alleged ordeal.
The teenager told the court how she was allegedly deprived of food for three days while she was sold to different men over four days in Whittlesea in 2016.
Xolelwa Garhishe, Yolanda Klaas, Zintle Tom and Nwabisa Kaziwa have been charged with human trafficking and rape, while their co-accused, Harun Mohammed is facing a rape charge.
The alleged victim, who cannot be named due to the nature of the alleged crime, continued with her testimony in-camera on Wednesday.
She told the court that after being raped by two men on her first day, Klaas allegedly took her to a cash and carry where she allegedly sold her for R80 to an old foreign national.
“He instructed me to get into the car, took me to an open space and raped me. After that we went back home with Klaas.”
She testified that she was again taken back to the same shop by all four women where she was allegedly raped by another man.
“All this time when they were raping me, I would cover my face with my hands and cry out loud, but they ignored me and continued with what they were doing,” she said.
The girl said on the third day, Garhishe allegedly woke her up early and told her to bathe.
“We then went to a tavern where we met a Xhosa guy who told us he wanted a prostitute. Garhishe said we were prostitutes and we went back to the house. They forced me to sleep with the man who did not use a condom,” she testified.
She claimed they then went to another tavern where they met a drunk Xhosa man who also wanted a prostitute.
“Garhishe offered the services to the man and we went back to the house where the man gave her R150. She then locked me and the man inside the house. This man also did not use a condom,” she said.
She said the women tried to sell her to another foreign national who told them that he was married and did not want to have sex with an underage child.
“He gave me R20 and left,” she said.
On the fourth day, the four women allegedly hid her when her family looked for her at the house.
She was then rescued by two neighbouring girls who took her to a police station and reported the alleged rapes.
The trial will continue on Thursday for cross examination of the victim...

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