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Mother of toddler allegedly raped by Aubrey Manaka 'hopeful' of justice

Manaka was also the man accused of raping and stabbing Capricorn TVET College student Precious Ramabulana 52 times last year.

Aubrey Manaka, the man accused of Capricorn TVET college student Precious Ramabulana's rape and murder and a minor's rape, in the Morebeng Magistrates Court in Molemole on 30 January 2020. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN.

MOREBENG - A Limpopo mother has expressed her relief after Aubrey Manaka finally had his day in court for the rape of her daughter five years after the attack.

Manaka was also the man accused of raping and stabbing Capricorn TVET College student Precious Ramabulana 52 times last year.

He appeared in the Morebeng Magistrates Court on Thursday where an additional charge was added for the rape of the five-year-old girl. The little girl’s mother sat quietly in the courtroom waiting to see the face of the man who allegedly violated her daughter.

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When Manaka entered the dock, she shook her head. She said she did not expect her daughter’s case to be put on the court roll so many years later.

“I’m overjoyed and don’t believe this is really happening. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” she said.

The mother said she knew that there was a lengthy court process ahead, but she was hopeful that justice would be served.

The matter was postponed to next week.