I can't trust men and feel ashamed – 62-year-old rape victim still lives in fear

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  • A 62-year-old woman who was raped says she is still fearful and afraid after the incident.
  • Her attacker was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2019 crime.
  • DNA evidence and a report from a neighbour were key in the case.

A 62-year-old rape victim she still lives in fear even though the man who raped her in December 2019 was jailed for life.

The 34-year-old KwaZulu-Natal man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Madadeni Regional Court last week, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Kara said on Monday.

"The man and the victim were neighbours and they lived in the Osizweni area. On the night of the offence, she was asleep in her home when he broke in. He threatened her with a knife and raped her before leaving the scene," she added.

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The woman reported the matter to the police and DNA samples were taken. He was arrested soon after the offence was committed.

During the trial, the man denied the allegations against him but he was positively linked via DNA analysis.

Regional Court prosecutor Eddie Mbewu presented as evidence the first report from the victim's neighbour and testimony from a medical doctor. Kara said Mbewu also submitted a victim impact statement to the court.

"In the statement, compiled by the victim and facilitated by the court preparation officer, Sthembile Cebekhulu, the victim said that she was still haunted by the incident, she is afraid of being alone and is always looking over her shoulder. She said that she lacks trust in men and feels ashamed."


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