S. Africa shocked by live rape trial

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A televised rape trial in South Africa has prompted a furious public backlash after a witness was subjected to a lengthy and, at times, aggressively intimate cross-examination by the lawyer representing a 60-year-old Nigerian televangelist.

Mr Timothy Omotoso has denied raping the woman from when she was only 14 years old.

Over the weekend, Mr Omotoso’s church, in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, was forced to shut its door after angry crowds besieged the building, while a Sunday newspaper reported that the woman who gave evidence against him, now a 22-year-old student, had received death threats ahead of the trial.

The trial – the first prominent rape case to be broadcast live in a country where more than 100 rapes are reported to the police each day – has attracted…

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