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Rape survivor furious at 15-year sentence

2012-07-20 08:43

Cape Town - A 30-year-old woman who was raped in front of her autistic son on a Cape Town beach is furious that her attacker was sentenced to only 15 years in jail.

“I’ve been through all this, for what? For 15 years?” the unnamed woman told the Cape Argus.

“I’m totally freaking out. It’s absolutely disgusting. How many more people are going to get hurt before he is put away for life? What happened freaked me out. I was scared, but I’m even more terrified now.”

A Cape Town court convicted serial sex offender Jan Johannes Schietekat, 62, of the rape that happened on Bloubergstrand nearly four years ago.

The woman was sexually assaulted and raped in front of her autistic son, who was 2 at the time.

The magistrate said Schietekat’s age and the fact that he had been in prison for almost four years awaiting trial, counted as mitigating factors.

But the traumatised victim said the fact that her attacker would probably get out early too due to good behaviour left her more scared than ever.

“It makes me sick to my stomach, I don’t want to be in this country anymore.”

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-07-20 08:49

    This is sick.

      Press - 2012-07-20 09:25

      Can one trust the NPA to take this matter to the next higher court to put a serial sex offender away for ever in the public interest . . . . ? Or are they to busy working on the protection of Mdluli ?

      Chris_420 - 2012-07-20 09:33

      Doesn't sound like justice to me. Offenders like this should have their penis shopped off, wait for 5 years or so (really missig their piece) and then be put on the death role! The lowest of low crimes as far as I am concerned!

      Michaele - 2012-07-20 10:28

      What is a 62 year old doing this for...God this is disgusting...hopefully by the time he gets out he will be 77 and all will have shrivelled up and fallen off!!

      tgif.wtfaw - 2012-07-20 10:37

      Savages!!!!!!!!

      mikenortje - 2012-07-20 11:15

      Selebi is OUT ...... Shaky got a golf buddy what a JOKE SA is!!!

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-07-20 08:56

    Justice system is failing its citizen

      Gavin - 2012-07-20 10:29

      the government is failing the people.

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-07-20 09:00

    He should have been given Life without parole!!!!

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-20 09:00

    I hope at least it is 15 years without the possibility of parole. That way he will most likely die in prison

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-20 09:07

    She needed the same judge in JHB who just sentenced the two rapists of the paramedics... Sick world this!

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-20 09:09

    This filthy bastard must be put away for good. I don't give a rat's ass about his age. Age does not entitle you to commit heinous crimes and get away with not serving your sentence because you are old. That is a crock of sh*t...lock him up and lose the keys. Let the turd burglars in prison make him their girlfriend day in and day out!

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-07-20 09:09

    Schietekat’s previous convictions: Jan Johannes Schietekat is no stranger to the inside of a courtroom or a prison cell. He has 11 previous convictions, most for sexual offences, dating to 1972. * July 26, 1972: Convicted of theft, fined R60 or 60 days in jail. * December 18, 1972: Convicted of theft, fined R90 or 90 days in jail. * October 17, 1978: Convicted of indecent assault, fined R500 or six months in jail. * July 31,1981: Convicted of indecent assault and sentenced to four years in jail, suspended for five years. * August 29 1986: Convicted of rape, two counts of attempted rape and indecent assault. He was sentenced to an effective 14 years in jail. * December 12, 2002: Convicted of three counts of indecent assault but one count was overturned on appeal. He was sentenced to six years in jail for each indecent assault. * June 28, 2008: Convicted of theft and fined R200 WHEN HE DOES COME OUT, HE WILL RAPE AGAIN, AS HE HAS PROVEN! SA LAW HAS FAILED MANY VICTIMS HERE!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-20 10:34

      Considering the above this is absolutely unbelievable. Shocking. A repeat offender, many times over, and for serious offences and he gets 15 years. I'm speechless.

      daniel.w.gie - 2012-07-20 10:42

      thanks for the info ........

      Leah - 2012-07-20 11:48

      This is BAD! And these were only the crimes he was prosecuted for? This man should be in jail for the rest of his life. What a travesty and tragedy for all the victims!

      chris.cunning.14 - 2012-07-20 14:49

      Sounds like a Class A citizen. I think he should be sent to Rio where the guys have plastic shop bags to use the loo. I think he might feel right at home. Cell for 15 people with 100 people in it.

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-20 09:14

    Judge Sherise Erica Wiener - That is who she needed!! The rapists of the paramendics, each got 8 life sentences, including 35 years for robbery!!! Now that is how judgement should have been, especially in this case, being a repeat offender!! He should be locked up for good!!

      julian.booyens - 2012-07-20 10:21

      Thats just proves there is no consistency in our court rooms

      daniel.w.gie - 2012-07-20 10:43

      fully agree with you . Let these bastards face women judges

      Jayne - 2012-07-20 12:31

      Unfortunately, it seems that civil servants and the like are protected but not the taxpaying public! We are not important enough to be protected!

      shellerjc.rjc - 2012-07-20 13:07

      I reckon your sentence depends on how much of a bribe the judge is willing to take. I guess Erica refused all bribes and gave the max

      barry.mcbride - 2012-07-20 15:13

      @daniel.w.gie: I agree but did you notice the comment by janine.filmer above? "...the worst part of this is that the magistrate who handed down the sentence is female!" I don't know if such is true, but it could be!

  • natascha.morton.7 - 2012-07-20 09:16

    his age should not even be a factor. Sick sod! Maybe his weener will fall off while in prison

      lisa.gibson.54584 - 2012-07-20 09:28

      Or maybe he'll get raped for a change.

  • mike.greyvensteyn - 2012-07-20 09:28

    I'm with the victim on this one - this sentence is a pathetic joke particularly when you take this man's previous criminal history into account. But,the worst part of this is that the magistrate who handed down the sentence is female! This RAPIST " man" - PIECE OF RUBBISH should rot in jail until the day he dies !

  • robqb - 2012-07-20 09:31

    15 years for rape? Why send to jail at all? This is the best joke I've heard! Please, bring back the rope. Most of your crimes are committed so that they can get back inside as they have beter living conditions than out on the street.They don't have to work or pay for anything inside.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-20 09:31

    just as we start to see an improvement in punishment, we see something like this. shocking!!!

  • zanelenomntu.magxala.9 - 2012-07-20 09:45

    Justice failed da victim nd now is considering offender's age whereas he ddnt think of it wheh he rape da victim.Magistrate u made a big mistake,15 years z nothing.

  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-07-20 09:45

    Had this rapist been dealt with in the harsh manner required in the first place, this poor lady would probably never have been raped. But no, let's give him another chance! They can mos be rehabilitated. I hope the Victim takes revenge on all the family members of the judge.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-20 09:46

    schiet-e-kat @ the sentence

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-20 09:47

    Stupid 62yr old man, disgusting, and the sentence is a joke.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-20 09:59

    Who exactly is against the death penalty?? Is cabinet discussing it?? Who actually decides?? Surely this is a national issue being debated by people we voted into office, should we not be consulted when our reps can't reach an agreement? How do we go about putting these wheels in motion?? I personally don't think there should be a maximum penalty for violent crime, ESPECIALLY if it is out of hand like this!! Drastic measures for drastic times!!

      John - 2012-07-21 22:43

      The CONSTITUTION will have to be AMENDED by a sixty seven percent vote of the government. Tell your ANC to get the ball in motion and get some coalition with their opposition parties to go along with them. Write to your representative if you should be so lucky as to get through to them. Try old JZs presdential hotline. Get everyone you know to do the same. You may get some change if YOU do something. In 18 years nothing has been done by SOMEONE other than YOU.

      John - 2012-07-21 22:44

      The CONSTITUTION will have to be AMENDED by a sixty seven percent vote of the government. Tell your ANC to get the ball in motion and get some coalition with their opposition parties to go along with them. Write to your representative if you should be so lucky as to get through to them. Try old JZs presdential hotline. Get everyone you know to do the same. You may get some change if YOU do something. In 18 years nothing has been done by SOMEONE other than YOU.

      John - 2012-07-21 22:44

      The CONSTITUTION will have to be AMENDED by a sixty seven percent vote of the government. Tell your ANC to get the ball in motion and get some coalition with their opposition parties to go along with them. Write to your representative if you should be so lucky as to get through to them. Try old JZs presdential hotline. Get everyone you know to do the same. You may get some change if YOU do something. In 18 years nothing has been done by SOMEONE other than YOU.

  • thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-07-20 10:06

    As always in SA, Justice is never consistent.

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-07-20 10:08

    Rapists should not be sentenced, they should be locked in a room with 20 other rape victims, when we are done with him , he will beg for the death penalty.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-20 10:11

    The Death Penalty will never come back with the ANC government as the majority of people on death row will be black...that's what Nelson Mandela saw when he was in prison and that's why we don't have it anymore. Laws in this country is a damn joke!

  • tamaryn.havenga - 2012-07-20 10:11

    why dont we have a standard sentence on rape? the EMS rapists get life this guy get 15 years, another guy get 5 years? LIFE should be the standard sentence!

      Pegasusza - 2012-07-20 10:32

      The EMS rapist was convicted and sentenced for the rape of 2 women - the act prescribe that where one man rape two woman or two men rape one or a child under the age of 16 is raped the minimum sentence that should be imposed is life. As stated above the sentences are governed by act 105/1997

  • michael.digby.9 - 2012-07-20 10:11

    Every article I read makes me more and more dispondent about this country and it's justice system. Yesterday, 2 rapists got 8 life sentences plus 35 years. Why can't this monster get the same. Who cares how old he is!!! He's taken someones 'life'...why should he have his??? I hope he rots in jail and dies a slow horrble death before the chance to get out!!!

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-07-20 10:27

    Why are the two rapists "rotting" in jail for raping two paramedics and yet ... the other rapist gets FIFTEEN years for raping a woman in front of her autistic son? What a crock of bull this justice system is - REALLY!

  • Gavin - 2012-07-20 10:27

    you don't fix/reform a rapist, you catch it and you kill it. in the old days, rape was punishable by death.

  • betsy.dorris - 2012-07-20 10:29

    This is nowhere near justice. Sad state of affairs.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-20 10:31

    in 5 years time, which ever moron is in charge of the ANC will give the nation another gift in the form of a presidential pardon and free a piece of $hit like this.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-20 10:36

    She is right cut is D...K by is neck. When the law of this country is going to stop to be so lenient on this savage bastards.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-20 10:43

    assault with a dead weapon!!!

  • waldo.adams.5 - 2012-07-20 10:46

    They forget the trauma the victim's poor child experienced in seeing his mother raped before his very eyes. Sure the kid was only two, but the emotional trauma - nothing can erase that. I firmly believe that all rapists should be made eunuchs. I think the fear of that will make men think twice of raping someone.

  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-07-20 11:52

    The entire F@cking Government is SICK for NOT bringing back the Death Penalty for these creatures. When will you realise they cannot be rehabilitated???????????????????? WAKE UP MAN!!!, YOU COULD HAVE SAVED SO MANY VICTIMS FROM THIS TRAGEDY! BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hermann - 2012-07-20 12:15

    Mitigation reasons for rapists and murderers - thank you liberal community for promoting crime by defending the the human rights of criminals while telling the victims it is mind over matter, you don't matter and the liberal and criminal do not mind.

  • liz.ceruti - 2012-07-20 13:03

    They seriously need to Skiet this Kat !

  • lauren.c.kennedy - 2012-07-20 13:22

    Bring back the Death Penalty. Its the only way to stop this destruction. He probably wont even get his full 15 years because of the over-crowding in South African prisons.

  • Warwick - 2012-07-20 16:09

    I bet the magistrate gave a light sentence in case he is ever caught doing something like this. Probably is a woman hater himself. Sick pervert demon.

  • ronnie.morton.50 - 2012-07-21 07:59

    He IS my age,give him to me,the MF.

  • John - 2012-07-21 23:21

    To be extremely radical. Rapists should have penis, scrotum and testicles removed. Thieves should have a hand removed. Fraudsters should have a finger removed. Anyone who takes a life should have his or her life removed from the body. Any one who damages the body of another should have their same body part removed. Unfortunately all these acts violate the criminals HUMAN RIGHTS so do not dare to do them or the POLICE will be after you as the criminal for daring to take the LAW into your own hands.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-30 12:13

    the rapist has written his own death sentence - SA prions are no picnic - somebody in there will kill him.

  • Nick Kruger - 2013-10-11 15:45

    Give me a switchblade and 5 minutes with this guy

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