Child rapist’s case postponed 70 times

2012-03-29 10:39

Johannesburg - A convicted child rapist's case has been postponed in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court for the 70th time in four years, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday.

As with his previous court appearances, when Andries Mfana Sibiya, 55, was pushed into court in a wheelchair on Wednesday, he threw himself to the floor and rolled around, eventually coming to a halt in front of the dock.

Sibiya, a lay preacher with his own sect, raped a 13-year-old girl from 1998 to 2007 and fathered three children with her.

He told the court during his trial that God had ordered him to father children so his family could, one day, go to heaven.

He was found guilty on April 2 2008 on nine charges of rape, and had been in custody since then.

During the past four years, sentencing had repeatedly been postponed because of Sibiya's claims of illness.

He had also on several occasions started hunger strikes shortly before his court appearances, and then claimed to be too ill to appear.

The case was postponed to April 4, because a state-employed doctor who was supposed to testify about Sibiya's health, failed to arrive at court.

  • Anastasia - 2012-03-29 10:48

    sentence him in abstentia.

      Janice - 2012-03-29 11:03

      Just shoot him, and we can all get on with the rest of our lives!!!

      E=MC2 - 2012-03-29 11:04

      Agreed Janice!

      Marion - 2012-03-29 11:55

      Agree with you MissGremlinSays. Just think it would be in absentia though. The other sounds more likely to deal with addiction problems. :-)))

      Nosiphom - 2012-03-29 12:09

      The good thing for him is that if he is shot, he will go to heaven, he has delivered on what was required of him. The quicker he goes the better!

      Ri%c3%abtte - 2012-03-29 12:50

      @ Nosipho, there is no place in heaven for someone who can rape a child. and judging from your name you are a woman? which makes your comment even more disturbing.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-29 10:49

    Could our judicial system really be THIS inefficient? Really?

      E=MC2 - 2012-03-29 11:05

      sad to say, but apparently so

      Kala - 2012-03-29 15:07

      That's the truth

  • Andre - 2012-03-29 10:53

    ...shocking that the court allows this...!!! If the accused does not pitch up due to any reason after 70 attempts, surely there is a pattern that shows he is showing no effort to proof himself not guilty...! What about video conferencing...?! This guy shouldn’t even get so many chances after being accused of such a crime...!

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-29 11:08

      Welcome to Africa In other countries, ex-presidents get wheeled in to court rooms on the death beds...but not here.

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-03-29 10:57

    W.............T.............F????? DISGUSTING!!!

  • Vonani - 2012-03-29 10:57

    It's pathetic really! Not shocking considering how inconsistant our judicial system is...surely if they wanted to sentence him,they find a way amidst his stupid attempts!

  • Refugee - 2012-03-29 11:00

    u and your "god" are both sick .....sad thing now is that there are kids involved now that have to deal with this for the rest of their lives

  • Felix - 2012-03-29 11:02

    I was wondering where Poliodonkey had gotten to. Cut off his balls and hand him over to the little girls family.

      Schmee - 2012-03-29 13:12

      Um no. Don't hand him to the little girls family, they obviously did nothing in the first place. He fathered three children with her and they didn't notice.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-29 11:03

    the judicial system is reminding me of the police force, incompetant.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-03-29 11:04

    ya...MENTAL illness more like it. Sick bastard!

      E=MC2 - 2012-03-29 11:52

      I'd love to know what moron/s is/are giving these comments thumbs down!?

      Marion - 2012-03-29 12:25

      E=MC2 - I'm past caring about which anuses give thumbs down to perfectly intelligent or compassionate comments. They are of no consequence in any of our lives so just treat them with the contempt they deserve and ignore them totally. Hope I can beat the thumbs down record with this comment.

  • Grant - 2012-03-29 11:13

    I'm sorry, but its actually FUNNY just how FUBAR South Africa has become... ho hum...

  • Hermann - 2012-03-29 11:24

    I Shaik my head in amazement.

  • logancyoung - 2012-03-29 11:47

    Julius was suspended even though he didn't appear for the hearing, why can't this animal be sentenced if he's "sick"? I hate this country...

      Vonani - 2012-03-29 11:57

      What does Julius have to do with this story? You are commenting on the wrong article,pushing the wrong agenda through s0mething very seri0us.Please dude!

      Vonani - 2012-03-29 11:58

      What does Julius have to do with this story? You are commenting on the wrong article,pushing the wrong agenda through something very serious.Please dude!

      Marion - 2012-03-29 12:27

      If a guy could be sentenced for murder without a body, this guy who has been found guilty too can certainly be sentenced in absentia. His lawyer can explain it all to him on a healthy day.

      Sanele - 2012-03-29 12:56

      LogANCyoung then when are you leaving this country since you hate it so much???????

      philip.venter1 - 2012-03-29 13:09

      @Sanele, if emmigrating was as easy as packing your bags and buying a plane ticket then most of us would have left the country a long time ago.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-03-29 11:52

    That is disgusting and pathetic. 70 times? The sick bastard has more rights than the poor girl he raped. Isn't it a HUGE waste of taxpayers money to postpone so much?

  • jack.kukard - 2012-03-29 12:02

    Hang the bastard........the closest tree will do....

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-29 12:03

    Throw this Recidivist in jail with no criminal case then, This guy has time for games.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-29 12:18

    Funny how they are perfectly healthy when they commit the crime, but conveniently sick when they have to face the sentence. Pity he was not too sick to rape, and destroy a young girl's life...

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-03-29 12:28

    this man is just a coward how can he pretend to be ill whereas he is the one who is causing his illness by not eating. i think wether he is ill or not he must just get what he deserve. the girl was still young and her childhood was messed by this evil man

  • janti.cloete - 2012-03-29 12:31

    Bwahahahaha leave him. He just lengthens his own imprisonment. Waiting trail is every way as bad as sentenced time.... This is if he is not out on bail, and it doesn't look like....

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-03-29 12:33

    the sentence should be done as soon as possible cos i can see this man is just pretending to be ill because he is the one who is in hunger strike so that he will be weak to attend to his judgement. please ignore his tactics and do the job. this man has just messed the victim's childhood and he still do not show any remorse

  • Schmee - 2012-03-29 13:12

    Well he is already in jail so just throw away the key and stop wasting time.

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-29 13:24

    I hope he is kept in a proper jail while he awaits his sentence. Also he cannot apply for parole because he hasn't been sentenced. And then when eventually he gets sentenced after 20 years, the judge sentence him to 15 years in jail and tells him that he could have been out of jail for 5 years already if he was sentenced earlier.

  • sizakele.tracy - 2012-03-29 14:34

    Sentence this busted once and for all

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