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Top cop applauds ‘harsh’ sentences


Harsh punishments send a strong message that this type of offence will not be tolerated

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FOLLOWING the 15-year sentence handed down to 46-year-old Paulus Hermanus de Jager, who was found guilty of raping a four-year-old girl, the Northern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Risimati Shivuri, has welcomed two additional sentences for sexual offences, handed down earlier this month by the Upington Regional Court on two different cases, stating that harsh punishments send a strong message that this type of offence will not be tolerated.

“In the first case the accused, Jan Basie Steenkamp, 36, was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping and assaulting a nine-year-old girl,” said SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, yesterday in relation to an incident in Groblershoop in June 2016.

“According to the information, Steenkamp invited the girl to his house to give her money. When the girl arrived, she was choked and hit with a fist, causing her to lose consciousness.”

According to Mooi, the victim regained consciousness while Steenkamp was busy raping her.

“The accused then offered the victim water and threatened her not to tell anyone.”

The following day, Steenkamp was arrested and charged with assault GBH and rape.

“He was found guilty on both charges and sentenced to life imprisonment. Both charges were taken together for the purpose of sentence.”

In a separate incident, Dawid Johannes Noah, 39, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for an attempted rape in Rosedale last year.

“At around 10pm on February 11, 2017 Noah broke into the 27-year-old victim’s house and tried to rape her at knife point,” Mooi explained.

“The victim managed to push Noah against the wall and screamed for help.”

Noah was arrested on the same night and charged with attempted rape.