Man gets two life terms for raping 11-year-old girl, threatening to rape her sister if she spoke up

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  • A Mpumalanga man has been sentenced to two life terms for raping an 11-year-old girl.
  • The victim was raped twice during 2018 and 2019. 
  • The man would lure the girl into his house, rape her and then threaten to rape her younger sister if she told anyone. 

A 50-year-old man from Mpumalanga has been sentenced to two life terms for luring an 11-year-old girl to his house, raping her, and threatening that he would rape her younger sister if she told anyone. 

The Piet Retief Regional Court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced Jotham Simangaliso Vilakazi from Phola Park.

According to a statement by the National Prosecuting Authority, the victim testified that Vilakazi had raped her on two different occasions in 2018 and 2019.

Vilakazi would lure her to his house under the pretext that she should collect her mothers money which he had borrowed. 

"Upon her arrival at his house, Vilakazi closed the door and raped her. He then threatened the victim that if she reports him, he will do the same to her younger sister," NPA spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said. 

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The young girl’s mother later noticed that her daughter was behaving unusually, as she had become forgetful, withdrawn, and had lost her appetite. 

"This prompted the mother to request the intervention of a friend who was a principal."

Nyuswa said the girl was then taken to a traditional healer who examined her and noticed signs of sexual abuse. 

"The matter was reported to the police, and Vilakazi was arrested."

Vilakazi pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape. 

Pointed

During the trial, the State prosecutor, advocate Marlin Cairncross, contended that the evidence overwhelmingly pointed to Vilakazi as the perpetrator.

Cairncross also presented a medical report which confirmed that the victim was sexually abused. 

"The court accepted the State’s argument and found the victim’s testimony honest and credible."

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During sentencing proceedings, a victim impact report revealing that the girl had suffered both psychological and emotional abuse was handed in.

"The court found no compelling and substantial factors for not imposing mandatory prescribed sentence."

Vilakazi was sentenced to life imprisonment on each count of rape. The court ordered both sentences to run concurrently.

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