Rosie Motene runs away from hotel
Veteran actress and activist Rosie Motene’s go after justice has ended abruptly. This after the case she opened against film guru, Khalo Matebane, for alleged s.e.xual harassment was withdrawn.
The 46-year-old filmmaker had allegedly labeled Rosie a “cock teaser” after she left his bedroom during the Durban International festival in 2012.
Asked for comment, police spokesperson Thembeka Mbele confirmed the case opened at Durban Central police headquarters in October was withdrawn by a senior prosecutor.
Explained Mbele: “A case of crimen injuria was opened for investigation at Durban Central SAPS. The investigation was completed and brought to a senior prosecutor for a choice and was withdrawn.”
Best known for her character as Tshego in Generations, Rosie (45) told the SunTeam through her lawyer she didn’t know why the case was withdrawn.
This because the police refused to offer her reasons.
Insisted on Rosie’s legal representation: “All the police said to Ms. Motene was they were withdrawing the matter.
“We enquired why, but no reason got. we all know needless to say the matter was never investigated to warrant a withdrawal by the police.”
According to a police statement seen by the SunTeam, Rosie was allegedly violated after Khalo asked her to go to his bedroom to observe a Mandela documentary.
Read the statement, in part: “The complainant alleged she felt harassed by Khalo Matebane, whom she’s known for a couple of years. Khalo told her he will (sic) in JHB for filming and she or he hoped that perhaps there’s a possibility for work, and he asked her to gather him from the airport and she or he didn’t see anythings.e.xual.
“Then at the Durban International festival 2012, Mr Matebane asked her to return to his bedroom to look at a Mandela documentary, she didn’t accept the offer.
“The following day, she visited his room to observe the documentary and he laid on the bed and asked if she wanted to take a seat with him. She felt she wasn’t safe, so she decided to travel out and therefore the next day he verbally abused her, saying she was a cock teaser, as he believed she led him on . . .
“She didn’t feel safe around him and felt s.e.xually violated. He didn’t touch her. No suspect arrested during this matter.”
Rosie added she wasn’t pleased with how police handled her case.
Commented Rosie: “I’m disappointed with how police handled the matter.
“When I visited report it at Rosebank police headquarters, I used to be told I couldn’t open a case there because it happened in Durban. I insisted and involved the station commander, who then said I could continue and that they wouldn’t it transfer to Durban. They did an equivalent to a different Khalo victim at Norwood police headquarters .”
Matabane said: “I hope Rosie has the courage to apologize to me.”
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