Life sentence for man who gave girl R1 after rape

2015-09-16 18:29

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Cape Town - A man who gave a seven-year-old girl R1 after raping her was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday.

Mandlakayise Mbatha, 47, was handed down the sentence for the 2013 incident in the Madadeni Regional Court.

The girl had been playing with her friends in Osizweni, near Newcastle, when Mbatha called her and took her to a toilet where he raped her, provincial police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said in a statement.

"He then gave the victim R1 and told her not to tell anyone about the incident," he said.

"When the mother was bathing the [girl], she noticed something [was] wrong and asked [her] what happened to her. The little girl then told her mother."

A case of rape was laid at Osizweni police station and Mbatha was arrested.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the conviction and sentence, saying it showed that that those who preyed on vulnerable women and children would be "kept behind bars".

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