The Roodepoort magistrate court sentenced a 53-year-old father to 23 years imprisonment for the rape of his daughter. The victim was raped from 2010 to 2015 when she was seven to 12 years old.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane says this happened until the complainant was old enough to understand that her father has violated her by inserting his finger on her private part. She informed her mother who was married to the accused from 1992 to 2019 about the ordeal and few months after psychosocial sessions, she reported the matter to the police.
In a Victim Impact Statement (VIS) the complaint detailed that it was education she received from school about relationships and intimacy, that made her realise that her father took advantage of her and abused the position of trust.
Regional court Prosecutor Danette Van Schalkwyk ,argued that though the accused took full responsibility for his actions, the court should consider that the complainant was left with scars for her life.
Magistrate Anneline Afrika, sentenced the father to 18 years for rape and 5 years for sexual assault.