Indian doctor’s human trafficking and childsex trial postponed

The trial of an Indian doctor, his wife and three others on human trafficking and related charges was postponed by the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday.

Dr Genchen Rugnath
Dr Genchen Rugnath

Dr Genchen Rugnath, his wife Ravina, and three other people are accused of human trafficking and of running a brothel where children as young as 12 were kept.

The other three are Sandile Patrick Zweni, 36, Nonduzo Dlamini, 24, and Bhabha Dubazini.

All five have pleaded not guilty to 156 charges, including assault, rape, sexual exploitation of a child, and racketeering.

Rugnath owns the Down Town Lodge and the Inn Town Lodge, where the alleged offences took place.

On Monday, State witness Yvonne Dudu Shinga testified. Shinga worked as a receptionist at Rugnath’s hotel, in Durban’s Point area. humantrafficking2

The State asked for the postponement to allow it to re-examine Shinga after cross-examination finished early.

The trial continues. – Sapa