Speaking in court against your rapist is ‘scary and horrifying’‚ says Hewitt victim

He was sentenced to six years in jail. He started serving his sentence at an Eastern Cape prison in September 2016 after an unsuccessful appeal that went all the way to the Constitutional Court.

Despite being able to hold it together and standing up to the defence during cross examination‚ the trauma of being “exposed” was there‚ his victim said.

She was speaking in the wake of public anger over how Cheryl Zondi‚ one of several women who were allegedly raped by Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso‚ was questioned in court during testimony this week.

Zondi has been hailed for her bravery and courage of facing up to defence lawyer Peter Dauberman during Omotoso’s trial at the Port Elizabeth High Court.

Dauberman‚ who is representing Omotoso‚ has since the start of cross-examination been accused of asking Zondi insensitive questions. Omotoso‚ 60‚ and his co-accused Lusanda Sulani‚ 36‚ and Zukiswa Sitho‚ 28‚ face a litany of charges ranging from sexual assault to rape and human trafficking.

“I can relate to her. My heart bleeds for her. Why do we have to prove that we are not lying?” Hewitt’s victim said.

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