By Sifiso Nhlabatsi | 2020-01-14
A 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged with rape for having sexual intercourse with his wife without her consent.
Nhlanhla Bongani Dlamini is alleged to have first assaulted his wife before forcing himself on her.
The two have two children together. Due to the nature of the offence, Dlamini moved a bail application at the High Court. The matter appeared before Judge Mzwandile Fakudze. Dlamini was represented by Musa Shongwe of Simelane Shongwe Attorneys law firm.
Through his attorneys, Dlamini argued that he is innocent and intends to plead not guilty during trial. He alleged that he never assaulted the complainant in any manner.
He pointed out that he is in a relationship with the complainant and they have two minor children.
The accused submitted that on the day in question he never raped the complainant but they had consensual sexual intercourse. Explaining how he was eventually arrested for rape, Dlamini said last week Wednesday Matsapha police under the Domestic Violence Unit stationed at Sigodvweni Police station pounced on him. He was subsequently charged with having contravened the SODV Act. The accused, when making the application for bail, said he was presently kept at the Manzini Remand Centre facility.
Dlamini submitted that he is a law abiding citizen who has never been arrested for any offence in his life. The accused stated that he is sickly person as he is constantly in need of medical attention due to asthma. Dlamini stated that he has reasonable fear that due to his incarceration, his condition may be worsened. The accused was eventually granted bail fixed at E50 000 but was ordered to pay E3 000 cash and provide surety in the sum of E47 000.
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