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Dept denies Dros rape suspect overdosed on drugs

The Not In My Name movement claimed Nicholas Ninow had injected himself with a mixture of drugs and has been hospitalised.

Nicholas Ninow, the man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a restaurant bathroom in Pretoria, appears in the Magistrates Court in Pretoria on 5 March 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Correctional Services Department on Monday denied allegations the man who allegedly raped a child at a Dros restaurant has overdosed on drugs while in prison. The Not In My Name movement claimed Nicholas Ninow injected himself with a mixture of drugs and was hospitalised.

Ninow is accused of raping a child in the bathrooms of the Silverton Dros restaurant last year.

His trial has been set down for September in the Pretoria High Court.

The department’s spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo, said Ninow reported himself to a health facility but denied allegations that it was related to an overdose of drugs.

“He reported at our health care facilities in person for medical attention, where our healthcare professionals examined him. They didn’t recommend that he be transferred to an external medical centre for further examination to ensure that there’s nothing that could pose to be a threat to his life. And the report that we received this morning clearly indicates that he has been stable,” Nxumalo said.

The Not In My Name movement’s Themba Masango said they had reliable information that Ninow injected himself on Friday.

“We were told by somebody who’s inside the prison and they told us Nicholas Ninow overdosed on a mixture of drugs,” he said.

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