A KwaZulu-Natal man has been sentenced to two life terms for the rape of his daughters which occurred over the course of 10 years.
The 44-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identities of the children, was sentenced in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court after he had been found guilty of the rape of his six-year-old and 15-year-old daughters.
He raped them at home.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Kara said the man had raped his teenage daughter from the time she was five up until she was 15.
"He raped them at night, in their family home where they lived with his wife and other children. He did this unbeknown to his wife. Both children were initially afraid to report the matter," Kara said.
The rapes were brought to light in January 2019 when an adult neighbour heard the six-year-old telling her friend about the rape while they were playing.
"The matter was reported to a community leader and a case was opened. It was at this stage that the older daughter also disclosed her encounters with her father," said Kara.
During court proceedings, the man denied raping his daughters.
In a victim impact statement compiled by police, one of the children said that her father was selfish and that his actions had hurt her a lot, while the other said that he must not return home as he might repeat his actions.