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Ailing rape victim weeps in court in fear of ‘rapist’ sangoma

…begs magistrate to strike case off the roll

Beatific Gumbwanda

CHIREDZI– A rape victim
recently wept in court and begged Chiredzi Senior Regional Magistrate Judith
Zuyu to strike off the roll the case against his alleged rapist whom she said
could kill her using his black magic.
The 42-year-old ailing woman, who
was raped allegedly by Jamu Jamu, a sangoma, said she feared her rapist would
use his magic to finish her off if he was to be convicted.
“I forgave him, like what my
husband did before he died. He said maybe Jamu Jamu had raped me as payment for
a service he rendered us.
We owed him a cow after we
consulted him when my husband was ill but he never got healed. We then failed
to pay up in time so he raped me perhaps to compensate himself for the unpaid
work. I am now in fear, as I no longer know the root of my sickness,” wept the
woman, who cannot be named for ethical reasons.
She said her health was
inexplicably deteriorating ever since Jamu threatened to make her worse if she
ever reported the two incidences when he raped her.
Both wife and husband were Jamu’s
patients but the sangoma allegedly raped the woman on the two incidences he
attended to her.
The State led by Innocent Tshuma
claimed that on March 13, 2019, the complainant experienced abdominal pains and
she went to Jamu looking for help.
Jamu is alleged to have smeared
some herbs onto the woman, laid her on some bedding where he raped her once.
When she regained her
consciousness and realised she had been raped, her violator apologised for what
he had done.
While on his way to hospital on
June 05, 2019, the woman’s husband met Jamu whom he asked to go to his home and
attend to his wife who was not well.
When Jamu went there, he used the
same tricks to rape the woman again. When the woman discovered she was
pregnant, she confided in her mother who then advised her to report the matter
to the police.
He husband died in December 2019.

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