NATIONAL NEWS - The case against a 19-year-old Blue Bulls rugby player, charged with rape and robbery, was postponed in the New Brighton Magistrates’ Court in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, pending a decision from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Tsepo Ndwalaza said it was standard procedure for the NPA to decide whether or not to prosecute the rugby player on charges of rape and robbery.
The former Grey High School pupil, who cannot be named until he has formally pleaded, is facing charges after an 18-year-old woman opened a case against him in December last year. The alleged incident happened after a night out in KwaMagxasi in Port Elizabeth.
He was at court on Tuesday, supported by a host of family members. The rugby player, who was released on bail of R10 000 last month, intends to plead not guilty to the charges and alleges that the woman’s motive for opening a case against him was as a result of her stealing his wallet and cellphone.
He previously claimed that the pair did have sex, but that it was consensual.
According to the state, it was the defence’s submission during the bail hearing that the woman had consumed alcohol on the night of December 27, 2017, with the state charging that she was raped early the next morning. The state believes that the woman could not have consented to sexual intercourse if she was under the influence of alcohol. The state further contends that on the night of the alleged incident, the complainant and the player had attended a party at a flat in Central.