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Mphoko Remanded In Police Custody

He raped the minor three times, the court heard

Son of the former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has been detained for allegedly r_aping a 12-year-old girl and for escaping from police custody.

Regional magistrate Mr Mark Dzira remanded Mphoko (44) in custody on three counts of r_ape.

He allegedly violated the minor three times in Hillside in Bulawayo.

Mr. Khuphe said a report will be produced in court as evidence after conducting a medical examination.

The court also heard that on Tuesday at around 4.30 pm at the ZRP Hillside charge office, Mphoko was arrested and brought to the charge office for the crime of rape by Assistant Inspector Admire Donha but escaped.

“The accused person requested to get his medication from his motor vehicle which was parked outside the police station. The accused person was escorted by Constable Chimuka to his motor vehicle, he, however, jumped into his vehicle and sped off to an unknown destination,” said Mr. Khuphe.

Mphoko was represented by Mr. Thabekhulu Dube of Ncube and Partners Legal Practitioners.

On Wednesday morning, Mphoko posted online through a video on Ezra Tshisa Sibanda’s Facebook page saying he was handing himself over to police after running away.

“Good morning to everybody, my name is Siqokoqela Mphoko. A praying man, a God-Fearing man and a family man. Today… Yesterday actually, I was called to the Hillside Police Station and a rape charge laid against me. No investigations were done, but that’s still fine.

“Yesterday, I ran away from the police station because I felt that there was no fairness in my case. I felt that things were not done properly and I felt that there was a hand behind it that is not Government.”

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Marian Shamhu

Marian Shava is a full-time journalist and social media enthusiast
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