Zvikomboreo Parafini, Court Reporter
The trial of Chevrons player Timysen Hlahla Maruma who is facing
rape charges kicked of yesterday with the accused pleading
Maruma, 31, stands accused of raping an acquaintance.
He appeared before regional magistrate Themba Kuwanda.
It is alleged that Maruma and the complainant both reside in Highfield
and on December 26 last year, the complainant was going home from
She was in the company of Maruma and another acquaintance she
only knows as Roy.
The court heard that along the way, Maruma dropped his friend first
and as he drove towards the complainant’s house, he asked her to kiss
him and she refused.
Maruma then locked all the car doors and lowered the seat on which
she was sitting on before he moved over to her and raped her, the
After the act, he unlocked the door and she went away.
The complainant is said to have contacted her friend who advised her
to make a police report which she made on February 5 this year.
Maruma denied the charges saying he never raped her but in fact, he
had consensual sex with her.
He further said they were still in constant communication after the
incident and produced transactions of when he sent her money
through a mobile money service.
Valarie Ngoma appeared for the State.