It was learnt in the Nelspruit circuit of the High Court in Pretoria that an initiation school in Mpumalanga was used as a sex den in which 21 girls aged between nine years and seventeen years were raped and associated. This came out on Wednesday as some of the girls provided graphic details of what transpired in the initiation school that was run by Sister Mapalase Khoza, 41 and her husband Johan Jabulani Mlombo, 48 sometime in 2012. Both Mlombo and Khoza have pleaded not guilty to twenty seven charges of rape, three of assault and nineteen of assault to cause grievous bodily harm. They have both been allowed out of custody on a bail of R1 000 each.
The case against the two is that in August, 2012 Khoza, who, together with her husband, hails from Masoyi in Hazyview, was in charge of an initiation school. In the course of conducting the initiation school, Khoza allowed the girls to be abused by her husband. In giving testimony, one of the witnesses, a girl that is partially blind recounted how the first accused, Khoza called her away from the corrugated iron shelter in which the initiates slept and instructed her to go to the main house where she encountered accused two, Mlombo. When the witness refused to go into a dark room as instructed, she says Khoza pushed her in and locked her inside. She adds that inside the dark room there was a male person, who raped her. The partially blind girl also testified that since she had been at the school since June of the same year, when her parents tried to get her removed, Khoza refused, adding that Khoza used to assault her on the back with a special kind of stick. She added that Khoza used a hot iron rod to make marks on her cheeks and on all the other girls that were at the initiation school.
The case continues at the Pretoria a high Court.