JOHANNESBURG, August 28 – A 21-year-old man was convicted and sentenced on Monday to 15 years imprisonment for raping his niece in the Empangeni area of KwaZulu Natal, police said in a statement.
Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said: “On 17 October 2015, the victim, 9, was at home when she was approached by her uncle who strangled and raped her in the home. The victim cried for help and the accused fled the scene.”
Gwala said a case of rape and attempted murder was opened at the Empangeni police station and transferred to Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit.
“The members thoroughly investigated the case that led to the arrest of the accused. He was charged accordingly and was taken to court to face his deeds. Eventually he was convicted and sentenced by the Empangeni Regional Court to 15 years imprisonment and three years for attempted murder.”
KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa, welcomed the sentence handed down to the accused, saying: “It is disturbing to hear that the man who was supposed to protect his niece is the one who abused and raped her. We cannot tolerate such behaviour by anyone and I encouraged the abused women and children to break the silence and report such incidents without any fear.”