LUTENDO LIVHEBE – MUDAU. The Ntuzuma Regional Court has sentenced a 33-year-old man, to life imprisonment for the rape of his biological daughter in May, this year. The 11-year-old girl was asleep at their home KwaMashu when she woke up to find her father on top of her, raping her. The child was taken to the Phoenix Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC), where she received the necessary psycho-social services, counselling, and support. The man was immediately arrested.

In court, Acting Regional Court Prosecutor, Lisa Abrahams, led the evidence of the child, her aunt (first report) and a medical doctor. Abrahams also handed in a Victim Impact Statement compiled by the child and facilitated by Court Preparation Officer, Senziwe Mthethwa. In her statement, the child said that she was saddened that her father could do such an awful thing to her, especially since he knew that she was still traumatized, from being previously raped by her grandfather. The child said that she has lost all trust in men.

The man was sentenced accordingly, and the court ruled that he was unsuitable to work with children and that his name must be included in the National Register for Sex Offenders.

The National Prosecuting Authority welcomes this successful prosecution. It is our mandate to prosecute and get justice for all, especially those belonging to vulnerable groups. We hope that this sentence will deter like-minded individuals and we commend the Prosecutor and the Police on a job well done.

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