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Court sentences child rapist to life imprisonment

A child rapist was sentenced to life imprisonment by magistrate Phahla Mohlaka in the Boksburg Regional Court on Wednesday, February 26.

21 February 2013 | Logan Green

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Sabelo Walter Ndima (54), from Ngema Section, Vosloorus, was found guilty by the court on December 13, last year, for raping a young girl during the period of 2007 to 2010.
The girl was six years old in 2007.

Ndima is unemployed and dependent on his niece who is the sole breadwinner in his household.

Adv Henk Strydom, senior public prosecutor at the Boksburg Court, says that Ngima was a first-time offender and shows no sign of remorse for his actions.

The victim's family said that the accused is allegedly the victim's paternal uncle and that they only realised that there was a problem in October, 2010, when the young girl's behaviour drastically changed.

The family realised that something was wrong when the girl returned home one night between10pm and 1am.

When her grandmother asked her who she had been playing with, she said that her uncle had threatened to kill her with a knife if she revealed that he raped her.

"The girl in Grade Five cannot remember how many times he had raped her," says Strydom.

The probation officer's report and a victim impact study revealed that the experience negatively impacted the victim and has disturbed her daily life as she has failed school several times.
Leon Naudé was the public prosecutor in the matter.

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