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Violent rapist receives lengthy jail term

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The provincial commissioner of the SAPS in the Northern Cape, Lieutenant-General Koliswa Otola, expressed satisfaction after a Kakamas rapist received a substantial prison sentence.

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THE PROVINCIAL commissioner of the SAPS in the Northern Cape, Lieutenant-General Koliswa Otola, expressed satisfaction after a Kakamas rapist received a substantial prison sentence.

Provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Omphile Masegela said the incident occurred on November 26, 2023, when two young women, aged 21 and 22, were walking in Kakamas during the early morning hours.

The women encountered an unknown man, later identified as 43-year-old Derrick Brussel, who attacked them. Brussel stabbed one of the women with a bottleneck and then forced them to a nearby school, where he tied them up and took turns raping them.

After a harrowing ordeal, the victims managed to escape and sought help. Authorities swiftly identified and apprehended Brussel on December 10, 2023. He subsequently pleaded guilty to both counts of rape and remained in custody until his sentencing.

In court, Brussel received a 22-year prison term for the first count of rape, along with a 14-year sentence for the second count of rape. Additionally, he was sentenced to three years for assault. The court also declared him unfit to possess a firearm.

Lieutenant-General Otola commended the investigating officer, Sergeant Tsholofelo Mohutsiwa, for her diligent work in ensuring that another gender-based violence (GBV) perpetrator was removed from the community.

She added that the sentencing sends a strong message that such crimes will not be tolerated and justice will prevail.

The investigating officer, Sergeant Tsholofelo Mohutsiwa. Picture: SAPS
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