Father sentenced for raping daughter at gravesite

He was supposed to perform a ritual for his daughter in April 2019, but he instead raped her at a gravesite.

The 34-year-old man from Masoyi was sentenced to 22 years’ direct imprisonment by the Nelspruit Sexual offences Court.

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According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), on the day, the victim went to her grandparents’ home where she waited for her father, who returned late. He then had to accompany the victim to her mother’s place.

Along the way near a Mahushu gravesite, he threatened her with a firearm. He then instructed her to undress, and raped her using a condom. The victim reported the incident a month later, and the accused was arrested. He pleaded guilty in court.

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Regional Prosecutor John Mahlwele, submitted to the court that offences of this nature are prevalent in this country. Victims are raped by their fathers who are supposed to protect and care for them.

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