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More than 1 700 convicted for sexual offences in a year

According to police a total of 356 years in prison were handed down to 266 perpetrators of sexual offences in the past year.


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More than 1 700 perpetrators were convicted of sexual offences in the past year with 266 of those receiving life sentences.

Police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe said the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Investigations (FCS) Detectives unit continues to be successful.

“The successful prosecution and 356 life imprisonment sentences handed down to 266 sexual offence perpetrators in the past year bears testament to this,” said Mathe.


The FCS unit, which was re-established in 2010, has 176 units across the country and nine Serial and Electronic Crime Investigation Units.

“These units comprise of dedicated members who more than often go beyond the call of duty in apprehending those responsible for sexual offences related crimes.”

Mathe added that detectives are also responsible for investigating online child sexual exploitation.

“While the conviction of 1 733 accused will not bring back those who died at the hands of their perpetrators or erase the memories that still haunt survivors of these crimes, these convictions are a step in the right direction in arresting such forms of criminality in society.”

In the past year the following sentences were handed down to convicted offenders:

  • 356 life imprisonment sentences to 266 accused
  • 5 008 twenty year sentences were handed down to 189 accused
  • 487 accused were handed down 8 166 sentences ranging from 10 to 19 years in prison
  • 791 accused were handed down 3 717 sentences ranging from 1 to 9 years in prison


The Nelspruit High Court handed down two life sentences to a 44-year-old father for the rape of his two children aged 7 and 11 on the 25 August 2020. The rapes reportedly occurred between 6 June 2017 and 22 August 2017.  The mother of the two children was sentenced to five years in prison for failing to report the abuse.

In a separate incident, the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court handed down five life sentences to 30-year-old Mpho Radebe for the rape of five women in the Lenasia and Orange Farm areas. The crimes committed occurred from 2013 to 2015. According to his victims, Radebe managed to overpower them in an open veld.

Meanwhile in the Free State, 47-year-old Petrus Molefi was handed down a life sentence in the Bloemfontein High Court for the rape of a 16-year-old mentally challenged girl.

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