A 17-year-old Esigodini teenager has appeared in court for having sex and impregnating a 15-year-old girl while the two were still below the age of consent.
The young man from Habane Township pleaded not guilty before magistrate Lungile Ncube.
Prosecutor Nhlanhla Ndlovu told the court that sometime in 2008 on a date unknown, the boy proposed to the girl who resides in the same suburb while they were still at Mvuthu Secondary School.
The girl, who was in Form 1 at the time, accepted.
The court heard that later in 2009 between July 1 and December 31 the two became intimate on several occasions until the girl fell pregnant.
On May 11 2010, she gave birth.
It is the state’s case that the matter came to light after the mother noticed that whenever she sent her daughter on errands, she always returned late.
The court heard that the girl’s mother investigated the issue and discovered her daughter was involved in a sexual relationship with the boy who was then in Form 3.
The mother reported to the police and the boy was arrested.
Asked by the court whether he knew the girl’s age before he had sex with her, the boy said he was unaware.
But the girl told the court that the boy knew her age and whatever happened between them was because they had fallen in love.