'I can't remember being raped'

The mother of two said her last memory of the night was being offered a lift by a colleague, before waking up naked in her bed.

31 August 2020 | Justice

Kenya Kambowe


A 31-year-old teacher says she is a broken woman after allegedly being raped by a booze delivery man, who she has no recollection of interacting with at a party hosted at her school.

The mother of two from Guma village in Kavango East, was testifying before Magistrate Sonia Samupofu in the Ndiyona Periodic Court during the bail application of Johannes Kativa (38). The incident took place on 30 July, however, Kativa was only arrested on 4 August after the victim, who said she was “very drunk” and has no recollection of what happened, was informed about the alleged rape by her son and a neighbour.

There was no indication of how many teachers attended the party and whether Covid-19 regulations were adhered to.

Woke up naked

Prior to the alleged rape, the victim said she and her colleagues were having a party at the school she teaches at, and she consumed alcohol, something she does only occasionally.

She was in an especially jovial mood after receiving her results from the University of Namibia (Unam). They were also celebrating the birthdays of teachers who were born between January and July, and who were unable to host festivities because of the Covid-19 regulations, the victim said.

Her last memory of the night was being offered a lift by a colleague.

The victim also testified last week that she recalls waking up and seeing her 13-year-old son holding a panga, which she managed to take from him. She then placed it under her mattress and went back to sleep.

She told the court that on the morning of 31 July, she found her son sleeping in the sitting room.

The boy asked her several times: “Mom, don't you remember what happened last night?”

'He loved it'

The victim said her son refused to shed more light on the incident at the time, and she got ready for school.

On her way, the accused called her and informed her that he wants to return her watch.

“I asked him what happened and he told me that we had three rounds of sex and that he loved it. He also said he wanted to give back my watch and that he wanted his underwear and boxer shorts back,” she testified.

Days later, she went to the police and opened a case of rape after learning from her son and neighbour what happened.

'Lost faith in men'

With tears in her eyes, the victim told the court she does not want Kativa to be granted bail because he destroyed her life. She said she lost her dignity and that the situation has negatively impacted her relationship with her son, who has lost faith in men.

“As a teacher and a mother, who was well-respected in the community, the accused has taken away my dignity. He destroyed my life and I shall not get my dignity back,” the victim said.

She added the accused never courted her before, saying she would have rejected him.

Drinking and dancing

Kativa, who is a father of six, told the court that on the evening of 30 July, he was invited to the school by a teacher, who wanted him to deliver more alcohol.

Upon arriving, he joined the party and started to drink and dance.

While on the dance floor, the victim approached him and they started dancing, he said.

In the presence of the other teachers, the victim asked him to escort her home, he added.

They were offered a lift by another teacher.

Threatened with a panga

Kativa said they found the victim's two children watching television at her house.

He was offered a chair, and minutes later, the victim allegedly vomited on herself.

She was offered water and the children then went to sleep.

It was then, Kativa said, that the victim told him to follow her into her bedroom and they had sex.

While they were busy, the victim's son came into the room with a panga and threatened him, he said.

He said the boy then called a neighbour, and returned with a stick.

Kativa said with the situation deteriorating, he had to go home, as the boy wanted to fight with him.

Kativa testified that the next morning, the victim called him, wanting to know whether he had arrived home safely and whether his wife knew about what had happened.

Variety Matamata is the prosecutor, while Kativa is represented by Beatrix Bianca Boois from BB Boois Attorneys.

Samupofu remanded the matter to 21 September.

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