Court grants rape victim R850 000

The High Court in Pretoria.

The woman, a mother of three, was raped by two convicts who had escaped from the town’s juvenile prison on June 17, 2010.

Court documents indicate how the men – Henry Surprise Mnisi and Colin Klompie Makhubele (also known as Sibusiso Given Mashego) – escaped.

At the time, Mnisi was serving a 40-year sentence for rape, housebreaking and theft. Mashego’s sentence was one of 45 years, for robbery and attempted murder.

On the day of their escape, they cut the prison fence and made their way to the victim’s home. In psychologist reports, the victim recalled that she awoke at 08:00 that morning “to find a guy sitting next to her on the bed, and another guy going through the closet.”

They tied her hands and feet, put a scarf over her mouth, and a duvet over her head. One man raped her.
Over the past seven years, the woman had endured hell.

According to the report, a piece of her is gone; a part of her soul has been taken away from her.

She struggles with self-esteem problems, has problems when it comes to intimacy and suffers from depression.

The victim still has flashbacks of the event and struggles to sleep at night. Clinging to a blanket for the first 18 months after the incident, she would brave the outside world only with the blanket in one hand and a gun in the other.

The woman has tried to kill herself and has practiced self-mutilation.

Mnisi and Makhubele have since been arrested again and remain in custody. At the time of going to press, Barberton Times could not yet confirm whether the rape case against the accused was still pending.

In terms of the court order, the department must pay the woman on or before July 20.

Helene Eloff

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