A 15-YEAR-OLD Nkayi girl has told police that she lost her virginity when her boyfriend's 65-year-old father raped her four years ago.

Her boyfriend, whose name and age were not given in court as he has since fled to South Africa, is wanted by police for statutory rape, after he too reportedly had sex with the under-age girl.

The teenager said Gasa Ndlovu raped her when she was 11 years old. The girl infuriated her father for being in an affair at a tender age and he reported her boyfriend to the police.

Ndlovu appeared before regional magistrate Sikhumbuzo Nyathi facing rape charges. He is pleading not guilty to the charges. Th 65-year-old was remanded to October 8 when the trial continues.

Prosecuting, Masimba Saruwaka alleged that sometime in January 2010 at around 9AM, the minor girl was at a community garden when Ndlovu arrived intending to water his tomatoes.

"After exchanging greetings, the girl told him that she was suffering from a headache after which he instructed her to follow him as he had just treated another child for a similar ailment a few hours before," said Saruwaka.

The court heard that the girl followed Ndlovu for "treatment." The elderly man allegedly ordered her to remove her panties before he also undressed himself.

"He then raped the girl once. She did not reveal the matter to anyone as she had been threatened by the accused," said Ndlovu.

In his defence, Ndlovu said he only knew that his son was in a relationship with the girl.

"The girl's father told the kraal head that the two children were in an affair, which they both confirmed. After that he then asked for sponsorship for medical expenses for his daughter and that is when my son left for South Africa, I was shocked when I was later arrested for rape. I don't know anything. I'm innocent," said Ndlovu.

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