A 38-year-old man sentenced to life imprisonment for raping and impregnating his stepdaughter

LIMPOPO- The Management of the South African Police Service in Limpopo has hailed the life sentence that was handed down by the Lenyenye Regional Court, on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 against a 38-year-old man for raping his stepdaughter aged 10, in one of the villages under Maake Policing area. The child later became pregnant.

The ordeal took place at their home between 2013 and 2016. The accused covered his tracks by waking up in the early hours to make fire while his wife was asleep. He then waited for her to go to work before entering the girl’s room and raped her. The heinous crime was only revealed after the victim’s grandmother discovered she was pregnant. The victim then disclosed how the accused repeatedly raped her and threatened to harm her if she told anyone.

The case was investigated by Sergeant Sharon Mabongo of SAPS Tzaneen Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has applauded the FCS Unit for ensuring the accused is permanently removed from society.

“This sentence will serve as a deterrent to other perpetrators of gender-based violence and will send a clear message that perpetrators of similar crimes will be incarcerated for life”, concluded General Ledwaba.