The Piet Retief Regional Court has sentenced 23-year-old Lindokuhle Madonsela from New Stand in Piet Retief to life imprisonment for raping a 16-year-old minor. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Mpumalanga spokesperson Monica Nyuswa explained, “Madonsela was initially charged with five other minors, but they were later acquitted due to insufficient evidence.”
The rape in question took place in November 2017, while the teenage girl was walking in Driefontein with her three friends. A group of men chased them, with her friends managing to outrun their pursuers. Unfortunately for the young woman, she was caught and taken to a secluded area where she was gang-raped.
The incident was reported to the police, and the victim was only able to identify Madonsela, who was then arrested. Nyuswa stated, “Madonsela did not dispute that he had sexual intercourse with her but claimed that they were in a love relationship. He further denied that he was part of the group that gang-raped her. A DNA report linking Madonsela to the offense was also presented.”
The Regional Court Prosecutor, Adv Marlin Cairncross, argued that the victim’s identification of Madonsela as one of the assailants was trustworthy and credible. The court rejected Madonsela’s version and accepted the state’s submission, particularly that gang rape is one of the worst forms of rape and the traumatic effect the victim has endured in her life.
Madonsela was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment for rape.
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