After being convicted of raping his 15-year-old granddaughter, a 63-year-old Kwambonambi grandfather was sentenced to life in prison in the Empangeni Regional Court.
Natasha Kara, Regional Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in KwaZulu-Natal, stated that the teenager and her mother were living with their extended family at the man’s homestead at the time of the rape. The man is the maternal grandfather of the girl.
Kara said that the man raped his teenage granddaughter four times between 2018 and 2020. “On the last occasion he had just raped the girl and was straightening his clothes when a family member – the girl’s cousin – walked in on them. The cousin immediately reported this to the girl’s mother,” Kara said.
“The girl was questioned and she then told her mother that her grandfather had raped her before as well. The matter was reported to the police and the child was taken for a medical examination. This medical evidence was presented in court as part of the state’s case,” Kara said.
The regional court prosecutor, Sharon Bux, presented the court with victim impact statements compiled by the girl and her mother, arguing in aggravation of the grandfather’s sentencing. Seneliso Sibanda, a court preparation officer, assisted with the victim impact assessment statements.
“The girl said that the incident had left her with no self-esteem and that she felt dirty and worthless,” Kara said.
Kara stated that the teenager’s mother explained in the statement how her father had betrayed her and her daughter’s trust and how she could not believe her father would rape her child when he was supposed to protect and care for them both.