The acting provincial commissioner welcomed the sentence and encouraged police officials to “increase the pace” in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide.
THE MOTHIBISTAD Regional Court sentenced an Northern Cape man, Tshepo Editious Paul, to life imprisonment for rape..
The incident happened on September 1, 2015, at around 8pm.
The then 20-year-old female victim wanted to warm herself at a fire in Heuningvlei village, where she was approached by Paul.
Paul requested her to accompany him to an unknown house, where he forcefully undressed her and raped her several times.
He was interrupted by the victim’s aunt, who reported the incident to the police.
Paul was arrested on the same evening and remained in custody until his sentencing on Tuesday.
Paul was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.
The acting provincial commissioner of the Northern Cape, Major-General Joey Kers, welcomed the life sentence that was handed down to Paul at a time when the country is celebrating and honoring women.
Kers applauded the investigating officer, Sergeant Kenalemang Babeile, for her meticulous investigation of the case which resulted in the lifelong incarceration of the perpetrator.
Kers also encouraged police officials to “increase the pace” in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide.