On Monday, 8 October 2018, the Esikhaleni Regional Court convicted and sentenced a 53-year-old man to life imprisonment for raping his biological granddaughter. In July 2014, the victim (12) was at her grandfather’s homestead at Inyembe Reserve in Port Dunford when she was approached by her grandfather who raped her while her grandmother was at work.
The accused threatened to kill the victim and her brother if she reported the incident to anyone. The accused continued to repeatedly rape the victim from 2014 to 2017 until the victim than reported the matter to her teacher. A case of rape was reported at Esikhaleni SAPS and the docket was transferred to Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.
After a thorough investigation by the FCS Unit the accused was arrested. He made several court appearances during his incarceration until he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for raping his grandchild. It is hoped that this harsh sentence will send a clear message to would be rapists as well as highlight the concern that our children are harmed by those that are closest to them.
Source: South African Police Service