Veteran actress and activist Rosie Motene’s quest for 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 This after the case she opened against film guru, Khalo Matebane, for alleged s.e.xual harassment was withdrawn.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 labelled Rosie a “cock teaser” after she left his hotel room during the Durban International Film Festival in 2012.
Asked for comment, police spokesperson Thembeka Mbele confirmed the case opened at Durban Central Police Station in October was withdrawn by a senior prosecutor.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 The investigation was completed and taken to a senior public prosecutor for a decision and was withdrawn.”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her character as Tshego in Generations, Rosie (45) told the SunTeam through her lawyer she didn’t know why the case was withdrawn.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 give her reasons.
Insisted Rosie legal representation: “All the police said to Ms Motene was they were withdrawing the matter.
“We enquired why, but no reasons were given. We know for sure 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 visit his hotel room to watch a Nelson Mandela documentary.
Read the statement, in part: “The complainant alleged she felt harassed by Khalo Matebane, whom she’s known for a few years. Khalo told her he will (sic) in JHB for filming and she was hoping that maybe there is possibility for work, and he asked her to collect him from the airport and she did not see anything s.e.xual.
“Then at the Durban International Film Festival 2012, Mr Matebane asked her to come to his hotel room to view a Nelson Mandela documentary, she didn’t accept the offer.
“The following day, she went to his room to watch the documentary and he laid on the bed and asked if she wanted to sit with him. She felt she wasn’t safe, so she decided to go out and 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 in 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 went to report it at Rosebank Police Station, I was told I couldn’t open a case there because it a happened in Durban. I insisted and called for the station commander, who then said I could continue and they would it transfer to Durban. They did the same to another Khalo victim at Norwood Police Station.”
Matabane said: “I hope Rosie has the courage to apologize to me.”
NPA in KZN requested an email sent but hadn’t responded at the time of going to print.
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