Limpopo Uncle given life sentence for raping niece



A Limpopo man have been served his reward for committing atrocities connected to gender-based-violence.

The 33-year-old man from Nobody village near Mankweng was found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl who was apparently his niece.

The Mankweng regional court on Monday sentenced the accused to life in prison for rape.

The accused name was withheld to protect the victim’s identity.

Police Spokesperson, Col Moatshe Ngoepe explained how the drunk uncle took advantage of his niece on February 1 2019.

“On that day, at about 8pm, the accused arrived home drunk and demanded food from the victim as her mother was out to the local spaza shop.”

“After eating, he then went to the victim’s room naked and dragged her to his room and raped her,” Ngoepe said.

“The following day, the victim reported the incident to her mother who did not believe her and no action was taken against the accused,” he added.

A family fight broke out few days after the incident happened.

The victim together with her mother and siblings were forced to leave their uncle’s home and seek refuge in another relative’s home.

“That’s when the victim revealed the ordeal to them. The police were quickly notified and the rape case was opened,” Ngoepe said.

The uncle was immediately arrested.

Limpopo police commissioner Nneke Jim Ledwaba commended the investigating officer for securing the conviction.

He was also pleased with the life sentence handed to the accused by the court.

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