The Secunda Regional Court in Mpumalanga sentenced a 44-year-old father who was guilty of raping his six-year-old son on two different occasions.
These occurrences allegedly occurred in 2020 in Standerton, Sakhile, where the complainant was living with his family.
Monica Nyuswa, a National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman in Mpumalanga, stated that the first incident occurred when the boy’s mother was outside washing laundry. The accused took the victim into the victim’s bedroom and repeatedly raped him.
The complainant informed his mother that he was bleeding while going to the toilet, and his mother assumed that he was hurt since he was a child who played rough.
In the next incident, the accused and the victim’s mother were drinking when the accused took the victim to the bedroom and sexually violated him. As his mother entered the bedroom, she found the father raping the child. The mother reported the incident to the authorities.
According to Nyuswa, the father denied the claims levelled against him in court.
The State led evidence of an initial complaint, which was supported by a medical report proving that the victim had serious injuries when the incident occurred.
The State Prosecutor, Grace Khoza, informed the court that the accused did the most horrific crime, causing his son to relive the trauma and destroying his trust position with his only son.
“The accused was sentenced to life imprisonment on each count. The court ordered the accused person’s name to be entered into the National Register for Sexual Offenders, was declared unfit to work with children, and was further declared unfit to possess a firearm,” Nyuswa said.