On 7 January 2019, the Kokstad Regional Court convicted and sentenced a 45-year-old uncle to 15 years imprisonment for raping his sister’s 15-year-old daughter last year. On the night of 9 February 2018, the victim was sleeping with her two siblings at their home in Shayamoya location in Kokstad, when she heard a knock at the door. The victim recognized the voice after she asked who was knocking at the door as of her uncle who also resides at the same house.
The victim opened the door, uncle got inside the house and went straight to his bedroom then he called her to his bedroom. He forcefully raped and instructed her to go back to sleep. He threatened her not to report the incident, however the victim reported the incident to her mother and brother, the following day. A case of rape was opened at Kokstad police station and assigned to the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit. He was arrested on the same day, after several court appearances, he was found guilty of rape and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
Source: South African Police Service