ON August 25 the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court sentenced a 49-year-old male to three life terms for rape.KZN SAPS spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala said the accused raped three children aged between seven and nine at Dambuza area.“Earlier this year, the rapist lured children to his house when they were coming from school and promised to give them something to eat. “As they entered [his house], he locked the door and raped three of them. Despite their cry for help, the rapist did not stop and threatened to kill them if they reported the incident,” Gwala said. She said the victims reported the incident to their uncle who immediately took the children to Plessislaer Police Station where three cases of rape were opened.“The dockets were transferred to Plessislaer Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for investigation. An intensive investigation by the Plessislaer FCS investigators led to the arrest and prosecution of the accused. “He was tried in Pietermaritzburg Regional Court and was kept in custody until his conviction. He was sentenced to a life term for each rape,” Gwala said.KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the FCS investigators for sending well-investigated dockets for prosecution.“Gender-based violence will be fought with a harsh approach to protect our children and women. We urge parents and guardians to always know the whereabouts of their children and teach them to report similar incidents. “We commend the uncle who did not hesitate to take the victims to a police station to report the incident. We need people like him in our country to always protect our children,” he said. - Supplied.