The alleged Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow made his second appearance in court. Huge crowds gathered outside of the Pretoria Magistrate’s court, where hundreds of people protested against the heinous crime committed by the 20-year-old man facing trial. The judge has postponed matters until 1 November, in order for the state to gather more evidence.

There are a total of four charges laid against the accused. One of them is for assault after he apparently tried to escape the Dros restaurant, hitting staff and patrons with his belt in the process. The charge of aggravated rape comes with the prospect of a life sentence, meaning he could get 25 years behind bars.

The accused will not be applying for bail. Major concerns about his safety have been raised after his identity was initially leaked on social media. The defiance has opted to keep their man behind bars.

Both the EFF and NotInMyNameSA group have called for attempted murder charges to be added against Nicholas Ninow, who appeared in public during a court appearance on Tuesday.

“We want attempted murder to be included in the charge sheet because this person almost murdered a child, it’s just not rape.” – EFF’s Themba Masango.

By: Monti Montsha