Johannesberg woman sentenced to 15 years for raping nephew

Johannesburg – A woman accused of raping her 13-year-old nephew was sentenced to 15 years in prison at the Maphumulo Regional Court in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.

In a media statement, police said that on December 20, the 44-year-old woman took the boy from his mother’s house, saying she needed him to escort her home because it was late. But the boy did not come back home that night.

Police said the boy managed to escape the following day, while the accused was asleep. He came home crying and reported the rape to his mother.

Police Major Thulani Zwane said a case of rape had been opened at the Maphumulo police station. The KwaDukuza Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit took over the investigation and the accused was arrested later.

Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the sentence saying that it was shameful that the accused abused the boy when she was meant to protect him.

As we are heading to the 16 Days of Activism, it is so shameful that the person who should be protecting the boy is the one who abused him. We hope this sentence will send a strong message to other sexual predators that prey on defenceless women and children, Ngobeni said.

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