AN injiva will spend the next 15 years in jail after he raped his brother’s wife whom he had been tasked to bring to South Africa where his brother is based.
Trynos Mhlanga, 29, of Birchenough Bridge, pleaded not guilty to one count of rape but Gwanda regional magistrate Joseph Mabeza convicted him due to overwhelming evidence.
In his defence, Mhlanga said his 18-year-old sister-in-law was framing him because he had discovered that she was promiscuous.
He said the teen was trying to silence him by getting him locked in prison.
However, the sister-in-law, who cannot be named at law as she was a victim of a sexual offence, said Mhlanga abused her trust and forced himself on her at a motel.
The prosecutor, Pernson Chekeya told the court that on 18 November last year, Mhlanga, who stays in South Africa together with his brother, returned home to Zimbabwe.
His brother, the prosecutor said, asked him to bring his wife to the neighbouring country.
“Mhlanga phoned his sister-in-law and advised her to meet him at Birchenough Bridge business centre so that they could travel together,” said Chekeya.
He said Mhlanga collected her and the pair proceeded to Beitbridge where they arrived around midnight.
“Mhlanga suggested that they book a room and wait for transport to take them to the neighbouring country since it was late. He then booked a room at a motel and the pair went in and he closed the door,” said Chekeya.
The court heard how Mhlanga dragged the woman to a bed and raped her once.
The victim reported the sex attack to the police, leading to Mhlanga’s arrest at the border post.