Action Society supported 21 victims of rape and murder and their families at three different courts this past week. A mother of three had her throat slit and another, a minor, was raped by a family member. The most shocking is the 19 women that that were sexually assaulted and raped while attending a church service in Khayelitsha.
MURDERED: Nadia Lotz: Throat slit by partner of 14 years
(Tuesday, 26 September 2023, Strand Magistrates Court)
Nadia was killed by her boyfriend of 14 years, Charles Appolis after he reportedly slit her throat and stabbed her multiple times while they were travelling in a car. Action Society has been told that Appolis was abusive toward Nadia during their relationship, and tried to kill her on a previous occasion. He was out on bail when he killed her.
The Nadia Lotz case has been postponed to 15 November 2023 for Regional Court.
SEXUALLY ASSAULTED: 19 Churchgoers sexually assaulted:
(Tuesday, 26 September 2023, Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court)
The case against the two men who allegedly raped and sexually assaulted 19 women at a Khayelitsha church on Easter Sunday this year was back in court on Tuesday. The case has been Postponed to 25 October 2023 for further investigation.
The churchgoers were forced to strip naked and perform sexual acts on the men at the Showers of Blessings Church on 09 April 2023. The two men entered the church and forced the women to undress. They then proceeded to beat them with tables and chairs. Thanks to Action Society’s oversight, the two men were denied bail.
RAPED: Violet: Minor raped by uncle
(Wednesday, Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court)
Action Society was at the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court for a rape case of a minor on Wednesday afternoon. The case concerns a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her uncle in 2019.
The case has been postponed more than ten times since 2019. Reasons for postponements include faulty technical equipment at the sexual offences court. The case has been postponed to 09 November.
*Violet is a pseudonym used to protect the identity of the victim