25 September 2020
PRETORIA – A 23-year-old man from Winterton, a small town in KwaZulu-Natal has been sentenced to two life terms and 20 years imprisonment in the Estcourt Regional Court for raping and assaulting his two minor nieces.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said from 2016 to 2018, the victims, aged 13 and 14 years old, went to live with their maternal grandmother after their mother had passed away.
“From then on, their uncle (mother’s brother) raped them at various occasions. The victims were also physically abused. Once, he tied the hands of one of the victims with a rope and suspended her from the roof of the house. He then used a pair of pliers to pinch her all over her torso,” said Natasha Kara, spokesperson for the NPA in KwaZulu-Natal.
“His abuse eventually was exposed when one of the victims fell pregnant and her father questioned her about who had made her pregnant. She then told her father about the abuse and trauma that she and her sister had suffered.”
During trial, prosecutor Advocate Zwelethu Mata led the testimonies of the two victims as well as DNA evidence linking the accused to the offences.
“Advocate Mata also submitted victim impact statements compiled by the victims and facilitated by court preparation office’s, Sibusiso Ntombela. Both the victims stated that the traumwary of men. Also, their performance at school had been severely affected,” said Kara.
The accused did not deny the sexual activities with the victims, but he maintained that the sex was consensual.
“He was sentenced to two terms of imprisonment for the two rape charges, and 20 years imprisonment for the two counts of assault GBH. Further, his name will be enrolled in the Sexual Offenders Register and he was declared unsuitable to work with children,” said Kara.
The Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal, Advocate Elaine Zungu has welcomed the sentence and conviction.