Granny rapist's 15-year jail sentence a 'stern warning'

2016-10-29 14:03


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Cape Town - The jail sentence of a man for the rape of a 71-year-old grandmother in Paulpietersburg, KwaZulu-Natal shows there's no place for abuse of the elderly in society, the South African National Civic Organisation says.

Sanco on Saturday applauded the 15-year sentence given to Siphimpilo Mbatha, 24, who claimed the Bilanyoni grandmother was his girlfriend.

"The sentence will serve as a deterrent and send a stern warning to perpetrators of sexual violence that there is no place in our society for those who violate, defile and abuse the elderly in the sanctuary of their homes," Sanco national spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said.

Mahlangu called on communities to unite in intensified action against the scourge of rape and gender based violence throughout the festive season.

"Women, girl children and the elderly must feel free to walk their streets and neighbourhoods at any time of day without looking over their shoulders in fear of being victims of atrocious and despicable acts," he said.

Mbatha was this week convicted of rape after he attacked the grandmother on September 12, 2014, News24 reported.

The woman was accosted while at her homestead, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said.

Police investigated the incident, which resulted in the arrest of Mbatha.

KZN acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa, commended his officers as well as the numerous witnesses who testified and gave evidence against the accused.

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