The lawyer representing rape-accused Blue Bulls player Khwezi Mafu has stated in defence that the encounter was 'consensual'.
The loose forward was arrested in December last year after he allegedly assaulted and raped a woman in KwaMagxaki in the Eastern Cape.
During the bail hearing, Pieter Gouws – one of the lawyers representing the player – said that the charges were simply a delay to the player's career.
'My client is sitting in a jail cell needlessly... the complainant was not even emotional. She didn’t cry and she didn’t scream for help during the rape,' Gouws stated during an extended bail application at the New Brighton Magistrate’s court.
'Rape victims should scream rape: "I’m being raped." The complainant never did, so this was clearly consensual sex.'
In defence, it was further stated that Mafu should be released on bail because both former SA cricketer Makhaya Ntini and president Jacob Zuma had been granted bail when they were accused of rape.
He is currently in police custody in the North End Correctional Centre, awaiting judgement on his bail application.