Rapist grandfather sentenced to life imprisonment
The lives of two children changed forever in 2013. Their innocence snatched away by a man they loved and trusted.
In September 2013, the children, who were then aged nine and 11, went to visit their grandparents. During their visit, their grandfather repeatedly raped them. When their mother came to fetch them, they immediately told her what had transpired during the visit.
Horrified, the mother reported the matter to the SAPS and a case was opened. The culprit was taken into police custody. Through a thorough investigation, the Madadeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit investigator was able to submit a well-prepared docket to the court.
After nearly five years, the 45-year-old grandfather has now been sentenced. Madadeni Regional Court convicted and sentenced the rapist to two life sentences. One life term for each of the children that he raped.
The Madadeni Regional Court also convicted a 29-year-old man for the rape of a 38-year-old woman.
The incident took place in April 2013, when the victim climbed out of a taxi on her way home. The suspect accosted her, stole her two cellphones and proceeded to rape her. The victim reported the assault at the Madadeni Police Station. The case was then transferred to Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit detectives for investigation.
The accused was arrested a few days later. and taken to court where he was convicted. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape. He was sentenced to an additional 15 years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances.
KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the investigators for securing life sentences. “We will continue to fight Gender-Based Violence with utmost solemnity, to protect women and children of this country,” he said.
With the SAPS determined to clamp down on offenders, victims are encouraged to report rape and other sexual assaults to the SAPS.