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Man gets life for rape

A 46-year-old Winburg man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 12-year-old girl in 2018.

On the day of the rape (26 October 2018), the victim, who was on her way home from seeing her mother in Winburg, had asked the man, April Gugu, for some water. He knew her father and told her to wait while he finished work so that he could walk her home to Makeleketal location.

Gugu then forced the child into a backroom at his place of work where he was employed as a gardener and raped her.

The incident was reported to the police and the accused was arrested. He denied the allegations against him.

In aggravation, the prosecutor, Lefalake Bouman Mpemvane, argued that the rape of children is prevalent in South Africa, and that children are precious beings and must be treated with dignity. He said child rapists must be punished as child rape is robbing a child of her innocence.

Furthermore, the accused was a friend of the victim’s father and he had abused the position of trust.

Gugu was found guilty on the rape charge.

The accused did not show any remorse and Mpemvane strongly argued for life imprisonment.

The court ruled that there were no substantial and compelling circumstances to deviate from imposing the prescribed minimum sentence and accused was accordingly sentenced to life imprisonment by magistrate Thiloshni Ramdeyal on 30 May in the Theunissen Regional Court.

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