Baby Black: I'm innocent

2012-06-28 07:27

Wellington - A New Zealand Under-20 player accused of raping a South African woman publicly identified himself on Thursday and denied the alleged sexual assault in a Cape Town hotel took place.

Forward Nathan Harris, who had not previously been named as the player at the centre of the allegations, said he wanted to make his identity known and clarify that no other players were involved.

Harris admitted breaking team rules by allowing a woman into his room last Friday night following the team's loss to South Africa in the final of the Junior World Championship.

But he denied a rape allegation subsequently made by a 22-year-old Cape Town woman which has sparked an investigation by South African police.

"I want to say very strongly that I am innocent of the allegation made against me," Harris said in a statement issued on his behalf by the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU).

"However, I should not have allowed a woman to enter my room," he added. "This was against team rules."

Harris said while he could not discuss the allegations in detail because of the police investigation, he wanted to apologise for letting down his teammates and family.

"The past five days have been a very stressful and painful time for me and my family," he said. "I have learnt a lot and now I am hoping for a good outcome so I can get on with my life."

NZRU chief executive Steve Tew told reporters earlier this week that the player had been drinking before the alleged incident at the Southern Sun hotel in Newlands, Cape Town.

Tew also pledged that the NZRU would fully cooperate with the police probe.

South African police have said the woman who made the allegations told investigators she was also drinking on the night in question and remembered little about what happened.


  • gregory.wellsclifton - 2012-06-28 07:48

    Well done Nathan. I'm willing to put it out there that this was a groupie who cried foul! There's enough real rape out there. Drank so much that she remembers little? Well, what does she remember? Why did she go to his room? To play scrabble or monopoly! Give me a break. Mommy and daddy fetched her the next morning - she had to have a story. Lock HER up for false charges. And remember, mommy laid the charges.....

      chris.gill.9849 - 2012-06-28 08:51

      100% agree. Any woman that is willing to send a man away to jail for 10 years where he will be repeatedly raped and abused when he's done nothing wrong deserves to be locked up for life.

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-06-28 10:53

      Women who make false rape claims should be locked away for a very long time.

      pieter.joubert.9 - 2012-06-28 11:00

      True, she didn't go to the room for a chat, but couldn't he have kept his pecker in his pants for one more night? I am embarrassed to say most men are so basic.

  • hughhezuze.schalkwyk - 2012-06-28 07:58

    You cant remember anything not even of the alleged crime mmmmm .......smells fishy to me little lady. I hope this has a positive outcome for the both of you as both of you have a lot to live for and have your whole lives ahead.

  • steveroodt - 2012-06-28 07:59

    This Woman was seen at the hotel the evening before why is she hanging around in the first place.

  • ashton.bieske.9 - 2012-06-28 08:04

    She's an attention seeker out to make a name for herself, but in the process willing to ruin some else. Shame on you!!!

      caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-06-28 11:53

      Im afraid if you cant see that then you are blind. Use some commensense.

  • xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-06-28 08:14

    I am glad he has made his identity public and not being a coward by hiding his identity. However guilty until proven. I smell a rat.............

      Alison Smit - 2012-06-28 08:24

      You should really get pest control out - a rat problem isnt something to mess around with! ;o)

  • mark.schulz.796 - 2012-06-28 08:16

    Here is the best defense in South Africa: 1. I paid her taxi money and gave her breakfast the next day. 2. She stayed the night so she must have had a 'good time'. 3. She was wearing a skirt. 4. I was drunk. 5. Baby oil/massages were involved. 6. South African women may lay a charge of rape if you leave them 'unsatisfied'. 7. Men in traditional New Zealand culture have a right to sex with any women within a 5m radius! I swear! 8. Get your fans to bully the accuser into dropping the charges by calling her names and burning effigies of her. Those are some pro tips, right there and if you play your cards right you could be sitting in the President's chair in the union buildings next year...

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-28 08:29

      Add the \fact\ that she was wearing a see through Kanga, and you are her \uncle\ :)

      deon.dutoit.758 - 2012-06-28 08:43 forgot to metion for number 9. - the placards and while we're about it the march. Bus them in from the flats and lets have a days ,arch of sun, lunch dance...

      James - 2012-06-28 09:20

      You forgot the shower.

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-06-28 09:29

      Showers defend against AIDS - not rape charges! :)

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-28 10:31

      Maybe if his name was Jacob he'd get off Scott Free.. Has one thing going for him though - he's a Baby Black! He won't go to jail..

  • ted.muusha - 2012-06-28 08:30

    Here is a person who doesn't remember anything and yet remembers something!? It reminds me of the Sir Alex Ferguson issue some few years back. And imagine, Fergie and coy will be in town soon!

  • Ingrid - 2012-06-28 08:34

    Don't these rugby and soccar players ever learn, here is South Africa if you pick up a groupie no matter what happens you are going to pay big bucks. How many times must this sort of thing happen before they start to keep it in there pants.

  • maqhinga.mchunu - 2012-06-28 08:35

    Not all suspects brought before the court of law are actually sinners Harris'case is no exception and I suggest that the police make a thorough investigatoin into this rape allegation, what is confusing though is that the alleged victim was drinking on the night of the incident and she can remember only very little what happened! How then can the police and court act on this mystery?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-28 09:19

      They can't... They cannot determine if in her drunken state she consented.. She is an adult so no statutory rape.. They can only observe injuries sustained from the intercourse, but then two drunk people do tend to have rough sex, so that is even difficult to say.

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-06-28 10:35

      If she is too drunk to concent it is rape.

  • rhyno.vermaak - 2012-06-28 08:35

    At this rate no foreigners will want to get close to S.A women... Normally, if someone stands up, and has apparantly nothing to hide, then it makes it quite impossible to believe "...I can't remember..." Well done kid, her modelling contract probably expired, and she needed some new exposure...

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-28 08:46

      Especially the Cape Town women,it only happens in CT against our tourists.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-28 09:19

      @Tankiso, and you have the statistics and research to back this up?

      Tom - 2012-06-28 09:42

      tankiso is on the money

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-06-28 08:40

    Maybe she's Suzie's daughter.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-06-28 08:50

      * chuckles

  • Jed - 2012-06-28 08:42

    I have no doubt it's another Sir Alex Ferguson - Nadia Abrahams. Nadia should of been jailed, not paid for her Story.

  • lephans.lufuno - 2012-06-28 08:43

    Hey why r u justifying rape, a rape is a rape and it should be treated as such,dnt ever beautify it. Irrespective of the colour of person who comitted it he must face the consequencies of his babaric action.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-28 09:28

      I agree with you in general, but if I have to comment on the bit of info revealed to us I would have wrote it as follows. Girl hang around hotel where team stayed. Girl gets involved with team members. The couple had too many drinks Drunk team member and drunk girl went to his room. Hormones running wild. The couple had sex. The girl/mom later report rape to police, but cant remember much. The man reveals his identity. To me this sounds like a planned action from the girl. Not to say that she planned it to go so far, but by drinking and entering his room she may have changed her mind and or where to drunk to think straight. The fact remains she still responsible for doing her part. The man was drinking and horny. He, the drunk man, took the girl, drunk or not, willing girl to his room and having sex with her. Barbaric action?????? Sounds more to me like two people who set themselves up for an incident like this to happen. If this is barbaric a big part of our population were conceived on a barbaric way. This is a plain groupie and drunk sex that have so many loose ends that one have to consider the way the individuals set themselves up for this happening.

      Tom - 2012-06-28 09:43

      its not rape, its surprise sex

      caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-06-28 12:02

      DuToit, this is very well put. Its a shame that society is this way, but your spot on the mark.

  • - 2012-06-28 08:43

    This really makes me mad. A woman gets drunk, goes home with a guy. She wakes up and regrets it then accuses him of rape. I hope she has some serious proof, in order to back her accusations.

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-06-28 10:36

      Should get her to sign a contract....

  • Ryno - 2012-06-28 08:48

    i also think it is just another "lady" looking for attention - ever noticed how it always happens with the rugby teams?

  • loodpil.lipdool - 2012-06-28 08:55

    It's cold this time of the year in Cape Town. Maybe she had a woolly jumper on and he mistaken her for a Merino or Corridale.

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-28 08:58

    Are there any work opportunities in Cape Town?Because CT ladies seem to be doing these to wealthy foreigners instead of going out looking for an innocent job like everybody else.And it only happens in CT.

      Zambezi - 2012-06-28 09:02

      Only in the Western Cape !

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-28 09:22

      Again, you need references to research and documented studies when making claims like this.

      Tom - 2012-06-28 09:44

      no you dont actually because this is not a court so you can say what you want and see who agrees, which i do

      Zambezi - 2012-06-28 10:23

      Jes like how i can say what i think that is Point Blank looks like Boy George!

      arthur.adams.988 - 2012-06-28 10:58

      I guess Knanye Mbua is also from CPT.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-06-28 09:44

    @harold.lloyd.520 that's hilarious but let's not go there. My opinion is that the lady was drunk and probably passed out after the act and had to tell her parents something. Question is, what was she doing in the hotel room with a stranger because it's obvious she did not know the player prior to this incident! What time did the supposed rape take place? Why did her mother open the case instead of her? The sad thing is that she is destroying a young man's career in the process. Instead of training, his mind is now occupied with this nonsense. Having said that, I do hope I'm not jumping to conclusions and prejudging her when something did take place. My only advice to her is don't go to hotel rooms if yr intention is to stay innocent.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 09:57


  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-06-28 10:06

    @Dereck Less I think u misread harold's comment. Life's too messed up in general, we need a laugh at times.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 10:18

      Lennon, don't bother. Thanks anyway.

  • jan.calitz1 - 2012-06-28 10:18

    All black alleged victim?

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-28 10:19

      Not in SA.. :-)

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-06-28 10:48

    Of course it all makes sense in South Africa. Rapists are never caught, so they have to make themselves look good by finding a scapegoat to take the blame.

  • cherri.pye.5 - 2012-06-28 10:50

    Sorry, but I doubt this groupie's story very much. This chick is looking to make a quick buck out of her sex-capade.

  • wayne.patterson.9041 - 2012-06-28 11:01

    She went to his room!!!!! For what, to chat, after you drank yourself silly? If I am going to stick my hand in n lion's cage chances are it is going to get bit. I think she got what she asked for! Yes yes I know I’m now a bad guy, but just think about it for a while! If he is guilty, he must get adequate punishment, but she got what she deserved for being stupid!!

  • wayne.patterson.9041 - 2012-06-28 11:02

    She went to his room!!!!! For what, to chat, after you drank yourself silly? If I am going to stick my hand in n lion's cage chances are it is going to get bit. I think she got what she asked for! Yes yes I know I’m now a bad guy, but just think about it for a while! If he is guilty, he must get adequate punishment, but she got what she deserved for being stupid!!

  • Justine Cornil - 2012-06-28 11:33

    I hear what you all are saying, but what happened to benefit of doubt? This woman is 22 years old, she didn't need to call her parents if she was ashamed, but a friend to come get her. The fact that she called her parents might say that she was traumatised and really needed that "parental touch". It's not to say because you drank that it's now your fault that you got raped. I got raped, I had alcohol in my system, I followed the guy to his car, coz he wanted to "show me his sound system". I was naïf, but it's not my fault, we don't know all the details, so please think before calling this girl names, because if she really was raped, you are just adding to her pain and suffering. Us rape victims already feel bad enough as it is and we blame ourselves for a lot of things, asking "what if". Just keep a little consideration...

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