Petronella Donhodzo Mandaza the state’s main witness in the case against the leader of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries Walter Magaya has declared that she will not be forced to lie under oath against Magaya. Last year Mandaza claimed that she had been raped and forced to terminate a pregnancy by Magaya before she later retracted the complaint. She has now applied to the High Court claiming that the Prosecutor-General (PG) Ray Goba, was forcing her to testify despite her confessing that none of the allegations ever took place.
In her court papers, Mandaza says,
In this application, I seek the following:
To indicate to the court that I will not be appearing in court on April 3, 2018, or on any other day for purposes of testifying against second respondent (Magaya), to put Ray Goba on notice that I will be taking up action against him should he continue his attempt to suborn perjury.
…to have Goba personally reimburse the costs that I have incurred in bringing this application. I also seek that he reports to the LSZ for it to inquire into his conduct.
Second respondent is charged with my rape, unlawful termination of pregnancy and obstructing course of justice. The charges arise from false allegations which I made against him before he was indicted for trial. I made a clean breast and indicated to the first respondent (Goba) that I had falsely accused the second respondent of raping me.
For the reasons that I still do not appreciate, first respondent decided to ignore that confession and proceeded to seek second respondent’s committal to trial. I am obviously the star witness given that the allegations are that I was raped and made to terminate a pregnancy. I wish to make it categorically clear that I was never raped by the second respondent and I have never been pregnant all my life
…I am mindful that the first respondent might oppose this application. I say so because he has shown unbridled malice in the whole matter. He has behaved in a way which has now made me question his sanity. I obviously say this with great deference and respect but I must call it as I see it. Further, whenever I have spoken to him he has sounded incoherent, unable to construct and follow through a thought process, drunk and under heavy influence of dangerous intoxicating drink. It maybe that it is his nature I do not know.
Magaya is expected to appear at the High Court on Tuesday to stand trial. Mandaza’s application is yet to be set down for trial.
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