Two rapists who gang-raped a 14-year-old girl were sentenced to life imprisonment in the Gauteng North High Court last week.
The two accused, aged 27 and 32, raped the girl in Letlhabile near Brits in December 2019 on their way home from a music festival. According to Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani, the girl and a friend were walking home at about 04:00 when they were confronted by four men.
“One of the males grabbed the victim and took her to nearby bushes, where he and one of his companions took turns in raping her. They then compelled the victim’s male friend to rape her. Upon realising that the friend was only pretended to rape his friend, the accused assaulted him until he acted as if he was unconscious. The two accused then continued to rape the victim. A third male, aged 26, left the scene with the victim’s cell phone, she said. The accused also robbed other festival attendees of their valuables, including cell phones.
“One of the victims saw the police who were on patrol and informed them about the robbery and identified the 26-year-old male as the suspect. He was arrested and two rapists were apprehended later the same day. They were found in possession of items reported stolen by the victims. The three accused were also found in possession of the girl’s cell phone and clothes. The rapists were linked to the rape through DNA results. The fourth accused could not be linked to the crimes,” she said.
The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, congratulated the Brits Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit for securing another two life sentences in one week