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Man sentenced to 15 years for raping teenage relative

In what police have hailed as a victory in the fight against gender-based violence, a 48-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping a 16-year-old relative.

The crime occurred in Port Elizabeth in 2016 and the accused was traced to King Williams Town, about 250km away, two years later by the investigating officer, D/Sgt Nomfundiso Vazi of the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.

Girl was told he wanted to discuss ‘family issues’

Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, said the incident occurred in December 2016, when the man invited the teenager to walk with him to a nearby quarry in Malabar, a suburb of Port Elizabeth, to discuss family issues.

While at the quarry, he slapped her and raped her. When she reported the rape a week later, he fled before he could be arrested.

His 15-year prison sentence was handed down this week. The man has not been identified as this could lead to the identification of his victim.

Conviction is an indication of police commitment

Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile, welcomed the sentencing and reiterated that “sentences such as this are a clear indication of the commitment of investigators in eradicating gender-based violence”.

“We cannot allow vulnerable women to be preyed upon by sick-minded individuals. The effects of such violence against a victim can remain for a lifetime. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the perpetrators are arrested and punished for their deeds,” Major General Patekile said.

President frequently speaks out against gender violence

President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out repeatedly against gender-based violence in South Africa.

A recently released Gender-based Violence and Femicide National Strategic Plan focuses on developing policies, strategies, solutions and funding to combat gender-based violence and femicide over the next five years.

The plan involves multiple sectors – from civil society and religious organisations, to the private sector, academic institutions and the government.



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