A rapist has been given nine life sentences at the Mankweng Regional Court outside Polokwane in Limpopo for raping his 10-year-old stepchild.
The convict, who cannot be named to protect the victims, committed the offences between 2015 and November 2016.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi says medical reports indicate that the mother of the children won’t be able to have more children after damage to her womb.
Malabi-Dzhangi says they welcome the sentences.
“The NPA welcomes the hefty sentences handed down by the Mankweng regional court the sentences will serve as a deterrent to abusive stepfathers to stop preying on their stepchildren. We commend Advocate Johannes Masehela and investigating officer Sergeant Chuene Selolo for outstanding work and probing the case to its finality.”
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In November last year, Police Minister Bheki Cele said it is a disgrace and deeply disturbing that almost 10 000 people were brutalised by crime in a space of three months.
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Victims of sexual assault are urged to report the abuse within 72 hours in order to receive medication that prevents being infected with HIV/AIDS.
Below are some steps that one can take after a sexual assault: