The Eastern Cape High Court has sentenced a 35-year-old man to life imprisonment for raping his daughter while she was visiting him in
The eight-year-old girl had slept over at her father's home on 19
December 2020, when he raped her.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that when she woke up
in the middle of the night, she found her father lying on top of
her. He raped her, and threatened her, telling her not to tell
"The little girl returned to her maternal home, also situated in
Phakamisa, the following day. She disclosed the rape to her aunt a
few days later after family members noticed that she walked with
difficulty," said NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani.
A subsequent medical examination revealed that there was forced
Ngcakani said that during aggravation of sentence, advocate Vatiswa Jodwana-Blayi led the evidence of forensic social worker, Captain
Ntombizandile Jiya, and that of the complainant's aunt.
"Their evidence depicted a deep betrayal by the father towards a
daughter who loved and trusted him."
The State further argued that the accused did not show remorse.
The court noted that the State persistently argued that there were
no substantial and compelling circumstances to deviate from the
minimum sentence of life imprisonment.