Actress Rosie Motene joined scores of people in protesting outside the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court ahead of Dros rape suspect Nicholas Ninow’s appearance on Tuesday
The 20-year-old is accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in Silverton.
Several organisations and political parties gathered outside the court demanding he face the full might of the law.
Rosie was among those chanting for justice. She protested alongside members of the ‘Total Shut Down’ movement.
“Happy Choose-Day! This is how I chose to start my day! Thank you to @thetotalshutdown for initiating this. We stood in solidarity with so many others such as: @effsouthafrica @notinmynamesa @_nmch_ various bikers associations, the public. The case has been remanded to 1 November, no bail! In court he sat with no remorse,” she captioned an image of herself holding a sign that reads: “rapists belong in jail not therapy.”
Speaking to Gareth Cliff on CliffCentral after the court proceedings, Rosie described the incident as “revolting”
“What’s worrying now is that I saw a report about people in [the perpetrator’s] area saying, ‘Well this is what he is known for’. That he used to babysit children. The one family even caught him taking pictures of a naked child. If that is the case then why wasn’t it reported earlier?
“I mean his grandmother runs a kindergarten and he works at the kindergarten. I don’t know if this is fake news, I really am hoping it is fake news but if that is the case it just goes to show that a lot of people prefer to turn a blind eye.”
Rosie has spoken out in the past about her experience with sexual harassment in the entertainment industry
She used the ‘Me Too’ campaign to detail an encounter with a male filmmaker.
“For many years I thought he was homosexual. So when he put his arm around me or touched me I didn’t think of it in any way or that he was trying to be sexual,” she told 702’s Bongani Bingwa.
She added that during the Durban International Film Festival in 2012, he invited her to his hotel room to watch a documentary he was working on.
“We went to his room and we were sitting and watching the insert on the hotel desk. We ordered a cappuccino and the hotel staff was taking long and then you know when you get those chills; you get those feelings and I turned around and he was lying on the bed and he was like, ‘Why don’t you come [lie] next to me?’,” she added.
Rosie says she immediately left as she felt unsafe
A few days later she saw him again and he accused her of leading him on and being a “c**kteaser”.
She has now made it her mission to help victims of sexual harassment.
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Happy Choose-Day! This is how I chose to start my day! Thank you to @thetotalshutdown for initiating this. We stood in solidarity with so many others such as: @effsouthafrica @notinmynamesa @_nmch_ various bikers associations, the public. The case has been remanded to 1 November, no bail! In court he sat with no remorse. #drosrapist