A man has been sentenced to 25-years behind bars in the Northern Cape for the rape of his 15-year-old niece.
The 32-year-old uncle committed heinous acts of violence on the young girl for a number of years, and the Galeshewe Regional Court found him guilty on Tuesday 24 November 2020.
Uncle sentenced to 25 years for rape
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Dimakatso Mooi said that the Northern Cape Police Management welcomed the sentence – which is the most severe possible in cases of rape – and said that the penalties and restrictions placed on him would prevent him from harming women and children should he be released back into society.
He said that the man’s campaign of evil ultimately ended when he was seen raping his niece by one of her friends.
“The accused started raping the victim when she was 13-years-old and the matter was only reported to the police on May 2020, when the friend of the victim witnessed the rape and told the grandmother,” said Mooi.
He was arrested on 9 June 2020,
“The accused and was declared unfit to work with children and his name is included in the National Register for Sexual Offenders. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm,” said Mooi.
Sentence ‘serves as deterrent’ to sexual offenders
The Northern Cape’s Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Phiwe Mnguni, commended the investigating officer, Sergeant Daniel Satisfied who he said had worked diligently in ensuring that a lengthy sentence was handed to the man, “especially during this time when the country is commemorating the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV)”.
“The sentence will serve as a deterrent to other perpetrators of sexual offence crimes and also send a message that SAPS stand resolute in the fight against gender based violence,” said Mooi.