Limpopo MEC for Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale has welcomed three hefty prison sentences meted out against three men who have been found guilty of raping two minors and an elderly woman in three separate incidents.
The MEC’s reaction comes after the Mankweng Regional Court sentenced a 25-year old man from Ga-Dikgale to two life sentences for raping a 12-year minor in an incident that happened in December 2015.
In another court outcome the Matlala Regional Court sentenced a 36-year-old man from Ngwanalella Village, Charles Kgabo Mabitsela, to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of raping a six-year old girl and the Lebowakgomo Regional Court handed a life imprisonment to 22-year old Erick Tsoai after he was found guilty of raping his grandmother aged 64 years, in an incident which happened at Zebediela in 2017.
MEC Rakgoale says the jail terms will serve as a deterrent to would be rapists.
“We are really delighted to see the wheels of justice turning in this way. We have been calling for the courts not to let the abusers of women and children go unpunished. The jail terms come at a time when our country is faced with the scourge of Gender Based Violence and its rippling effects. Rapists are stripping away the human rights and dignity of people of our society. We would also want to take this opportunity to commend social workers, the police, the NPA and families of the victims in their joint efforts of ensuring that the convictions are secured.” says MEC Rakgoale.
MEC Rakgoale adds that all cases that are still pending in court are monitored closely to ensure that trust is restored on the country’s justice system when it comes to its handling of Gender Based Violence and Femicide.