A POPULAR gospel star has been arrested for allegedly raping Joburg-based musician Phola Mahlaba 31 years ago.
The Kroonstad-born singer, who can’t be named for legal reasons, appeared in the Joburg Central Magistrate Court on Thursday. He was remanded in custody for a formal bail application next week.
Sunday Sun has reported that the singer was thrown in the dungeon after a statement was obtained from him by Sophiatown cops in June. It was then put to the senior prosecutor at the same court, who later decided that the musician should face the music.
“The case was opened in November last year, the complainant alleges that (name withheld) and his cousin forced themselves on her after a night of worshipping at the Market Theatre in 1987. The crime scene was a residential house in Newlands,” said a police source.
Mahlaba told the SunTeam this week that she couldn’t open the case when the incident happened because she was too traumatised.
“I’ve been living all these years with heavy trauma, and what made me press charges was that he refused to apologise after I had given him many opportunities to do so,” she said.
She recalled being thrown over the wall by the suspects whose names are known to Sunday Sun.
“Actually, I begged them not to as they threw me over the wall and then took off my clothes,” she said.
Earlier this year, Mahlaba told Sunday Sun she had been experiencing sleepless nights relating to her ordeal. She said then that it’s due to trauma she’d been experiencing for a long time.
Police spokesman Thomas de Bruyn confirmed the arrest and said the matter has been handed to the NPA.
– Sunday Sun