A 32-year-old Calvin Khunwana is sentenced to two life terms for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl and five years for kidnapping and five years for defeating the ends of justice at the High Court of South Africa; North West Division, sitting at Mogwase Regional Court on 17 November 2022.
The conviction emanates from an incident that occurred on 30 July 2020, in Photsaneng village, near Rustenburg, where a seven-old-girl who was playing at her home with her two friends was called over by Khunwana to his yard which is back opposite the deceased’ home.
Regional Spokesperson Henry Mamothame says Mhunwana took her inside the house and moments later her friends saw her trying to escape through the door, whereupon Khunwana apprehended her and chased her friends away, threatening to assault them before dragging the child back into the house.
Khunwana went on to rape the child and subsequently strangled her and placed her lifeless body underneath a carpet in a storeroom. The child’s body was found in his home after her friends pointed out where she was last seen. The accused was apprehended, and he remained in custody until the trial was concluded.
Furthermore, Adv. Benny Kalakgosi in aggravation of sentence, argued that the accused was well known to the deceased and he took advantage of her trust as an elderly person. He further argued that the accused raped a minor and killed her gruesomely, urging the court not to deviate from the minimum prescribed sentence.