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Stepfather to spend Life behind bars for Raping Stepdaughter

Media Statement from the KwaZulu Natal Media Centre
Corporate Communication
South African Police Service

Verulam Regional Court convicted and sentenced a 53-year-old stepfather to life imprisonment and the mother to five years which was wholly suspended. In 2012, a 15-year-old victim was staying with her mother and her stepfather in Verulam informal settlement when she was raped several times by her stepfather while her mother was at work. The stepfather threatened to kill the victim if she reported the matter. The abuse continued until the victim informed her mother who confronted the stepfather, however he became violent and aggressive towards them. The accused continued raping the victim and bought her expensive gifts.

During a visit to their family home in Ixopo the victim was confronted by her uncle who had noticed that the victim was the only child with expensive clothing and an expensive cellphone upon which she was questioned. The victim then informed her uncle of what is happening at their home and he then cautioned the victim’s mother to be vigilant of what is happening. The victim’s mother continued to ignore the incident, the victim left home and reported the matter to her teacher. She was then removed to a place of safety. The matter was reported to the police on 7 September 2015 and both mother and the stepfather were arrested. The victim’s mother was subsequently charged for failure to report the commission of a Sexual Act with a minor. An intensive investigation by Phoenix Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit members led to the prosecution of the accused.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the members for a job well done. "It was through excellent investigation, hard work and dedication that the accused was sentenced to life imprisonment,” he said.

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