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Arrest warrant issued for rape accused journalist

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Saftu fired Mthukwane last month after learning about a string of rape allegations against him

A WARRANT of arrest was issued for rape accused Ntozakhe Douglas Mthukwane after he failed to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Mthukwane, who is a local freelance journalist and the former national spokesperson for the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), is facing three charges of rape.

He is accused of raping a 33-year-old woman at his flat in Beaconsfield last year.

The alleged rapes took place while Mthukwane was on bail for two pending cases of rape.

The case was last heard on December 9, 2019 and postponed to Friday last week.

Saftu fired Mthukwane last month after learning about a string of rape allegations against him.

He was appointed national spokesperson on October 1, 2019. Apparently Saftu was still doing a background and criminal record check after his appointment. They found an “alarming pattern of rape allegations” against him.

During a previous court appearance, Mthukwane claimed that the complainant, who was apparently a sangoma, had sensed “poison” in his body and said she would “suck it out of him” during unprotected intercourse on the day of the alleged incident.

Mthukwane opted to conduct his own defence during the opposed schedule 6 bail application.

He cross-examined the case’s investigating officer, Sergeant Charlotte Mokgari, whom he accused of having “a conflict of interest” as she knew him “from a long time ago”.

Mokgari stated that she had never met Mthukwane and had only seen him once before.