Rape Accused Government Official Expected Back in Court After Several Delays

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A senior official in the Western Cape provincial treasury is expected to be back in court in August for the alleged rape of a 7-year-old boy, this follows several delays to the start of the case.

The accused was arrested in January 2019, and yet despite having appeared in court 13 times, he has still not pleaded. The man also continues to work in the public office.

Commenting on the accused’s position at the department, Head of Provincial Treasury, David Savage said: “We are aware of the serious allegation against one of our employees and have referred the matter to the People Management Practices’ directorate. The employee has not been suspended as the case is still due to come before the courts. We will continue to monitor the case and will be guided by the court’s verdict and relevant labour legislation accordingly.”

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the delays were the result of requests made by the accused’s legal counsel.

He said, “The NPA can confirm that the matter has been postponed several times, mostly at the request of the defence. These included instances of failed representations to the senior public prosecutor and the director of public prosecutions and him changing legal representatives. No trial date can be arranged if the legal representative who will represent the accused has not been appointed yet to discuss the date,”

Police spokesperson Andrè Traut confirmed that the suspect is currently out on bail saying, “This office can confirm that the rape case is under investigation by the Kuilsrivier FCS. The suspect was arrested and charged, and was released on bail by the court,”

The accused is expected in the Blue Downs Regional Court on 31 August.