Teen rape victim given R20 to keep silent

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Picture: Thinkstock

Twenty rand was not enough to silence a teenage rape victim, Skhosiphi Shange find out when he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on Monday.

Shange, 51, from Kwahlaza in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal was convicted for rape by the Empangeni Regional Court yesterday after the court heard how he raped a 14-year-old girl repeatedly in 2012.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said that in 2012 the victim was called by Shange to accompany him to a nearby shop. On route to the shop, he forced the victim the bushes where he raped her.

He then gave her R20 and told her not to tell anyone.

“This was done several times where the accused would raped the victim and gave her R20 cash,” said Zwane.

Police said her mother noticed a changed in her daughter and that she was not doing well at school. Her mother subsequently made enquiries at the school, which is when the victim broke her silence.

“The victim told the teachers and her mother that she was raped repeatedly by Shange,” said Zwane.

“Through an intensive investigation, the Shange was arrested and charged with rape. He appeared in court several times until he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the Empangeni Regional Court.”

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the conviction.

“The ruthless and barbaric attack of children by criminals of Shange’s calibre will not be tolerated in our society. We welcome maximum sentence meted out by the court,” said Ngobeni.


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