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Mpumalanga man get’s double life for rape of 11-year-old

Jotham Simangaliso, 50, was found guilty of the rape of an 11 year old girl after luring her into his house under false pretences.

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A fifty-year-old man has been sentenced to a double life sentence for the repeated rape of a child. 

Jotham Simangaliso Vilakazi from Phola Park was sentenced in the Piet Retief Regional Court for his crime on Tuesday after he was convicted of raping an 11 year child. 

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson for Mpumalanga, Monica Nyuswa, said that his victim had testified that during 2018 and 2019 Vilakazi had lured her into his house under the pretext that she had collect her mother`s money which he had borrowed. “Upon her arrival at his house, Vilakazi closed the door and raped her. He then threatened the victim that if she reports him he will do the same to her younger sister,” Nyuswa said.

“The victim’s mother later noticed that the complainant was behaving unusual as she lost appetite, was forgetful and withdrawn. This prompted the mother to request the intervention of a friend who was a principal traditional healer who examined the victim and noticed signs of sexual abuse,” Nyuswa said.

The rape was reported to the police and Vilakazi was arrested. 

In court Vilakazi had denied that he had committed the rape but did not dispute that the victim had been raped. State Advocate, Marlin Cairncross presented a medical report which confirmed that the victim had been sexually abused.

Cairncross contended that the evidence overwhelmingly pointed at Vilakazi as guilty of raping the girl. The court accepted the state’s argument and said that it had found the victim’s testimony to be honest and credible. A Victim Impact Report, which revealed that the victim suffered both psychological and emotional abuse, was submitted to the court.

“The court found no compelling and substantial factors for not imposing mandatory prescribed sentence. Vilakazi was sentenced to life imprisonment on each count. The court ordered both sentences to run concurrently, the effective sentence being life,” Nyuswa added