A 44-year-old man from Carolina, Mpumalanga was handed a double life sentence after raping his two daughters, a sentence welcomed by the police…
The hefty sentence was handed down by the Carolina Regional Court on Monday, 24 August 2020.
“The decision was informed by overwhelming evidence presented by the victims as well as the investigator and leading evidence by the Prosecutor,” said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
The girls’ mother KNEW about the rapes
“The assaults took place in Carolina between 06 and 22 August 2017. During the time when this was happening, the children’s mother chose to remain silent while her children endured this barbaric act of violation,” said Brigadier Hlathi in a media statement.
A concerned teacher noticed a sharp drop in one of the girl’s school performance due to the traumatic assaults. When asked, she related her story to the teacher and also pointed out that her sister too, had suffered a similar experience. The matter was immediately brought under the attention of the police whereupon charges were laid.
Sisters taken to place of safety
The police conducted their investigation and the sisters were taken to a place of safety by social workers. Both parents were arrested on 22 August 2017. During court proceedings, the father was found guilty on two counts of rape and the mother for concealing them.
The sentences were handed down as follows:
- On count 1 of rape, the father was sentenced to life imprisonment.
- Count 2 rape again, he was also sentenced to another life imprisonment.
Mother received 5 years imprisonment
The mother was sentenced to five years for her role after failing to report the matter to the police.
Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma indicated that this sentence will serve as a deterrence especially during this time when Gender-Based-Violence (GBV) has become a pandemic in the country.