Sangoma gets life for raping teens

2013-07-11 10:53
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Johannesburg - A sangoma convicted of raping two teenage girls has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Mthatha Magistrate's Court, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Thursday.

Nakhehle Dumba, 40, was sentenced on Wednesday for raping the girls, aged 14 and 15, spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said in a statement.

The girls' parents took them to Dumba for treatment, but he raped them three times and hit them with a sjambok.

"Giving their evidence in court, the girls disclosed that after their ordeal they could not walk and one of them has since had gynaecological complications," Tyali said.

The NPA welcomed the sentence.

"We strongly believe that this sentence will go a long way in showing rapists that the courts will not tolerate their actions towards women and children no matter what position they hold in society."

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