Pensioner gets 20 years in jail for raping seven-year-old relative

By Doreen Mokgolo

A 68-year-old pensioner was sentenced on Monday to 20 years in prison by the Groblersdal Regional Court for raping his seven-year-old step-granddaughter.

The court heard the pensioner would wait for the victim’s mother to leave the house before going to the bedroom of the girl and raping her. 

The abuse started in March 2023 but stopped when the child told her mother what was happening.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said the mother took the child to a doctor for a medical examination and then reported the matter to the police.

Medical reports confirmed that there was indeed penetration.

“Police investigations were rolled out leading to the arrest of the man who was charged with rape,” Ledwaba said.

Residents of Groblersdal celebrated the court’s ruling as a victory for all rape victims.

Speaking to Scrolla.Africa, resident Thabiso Mofomme said the sentence will send a strong message to perpetrators and those who have ideas of committing such crimes.

“We have a challenge with rape in our community. We had lost faith in the police but this has restored our hope. We need the police and courts to help us root out rapists from our community,” she said.

“They must set a precedent that those who commit crime will be punished accordingly. We are tired of living in fear and fearing for our children’s safety.”

Pictured above: Police lights. 

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