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’Revenge rape’ gets Limpopo man life in jail

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“The victim impact report and a pre-sentencing report were filed. On both reports, it was indicated that Moselenyane committed the offences as an act of revenge because it is alleged that the victim had previously accused him of raping her.”

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A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of rape by the Seshego magistrate’s court. File picture

PRETORIA, February 18 (ANA) – The Seshego Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo has sentenced 23-year-old Sammy Samson Moselenyane to life imprisonment after he was convicted of rape.

Moselenyane was found guilty of raping a 21-year-old woman in December 2018, Limpopo spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said on Thursday.

“The victim was on her way home when she met Moselenyane, who threatened her with a knife. He dragged her to nearby bushes,” Malabi-Dzhangi said.

“Moselenyane raped her and when he was done, he stabbed her several times on her hands and thighs and left her on the scene. The victim crawled out to get assistance from a nearby shop.”

In his plea, Moselenyane admitted that he raped the young woman and caused her grievous bodily harm when he repeatedly stabbed her with a knife.

“The victim impact report and a pre-sentencing report were filed. On both reports, it was indicated that Moselenyane committed the offences as an act of revenge because it is alleged that the victim had previously accused him of raping her,” the NPA said.

“The prosecutor, Andisa Mudau, told the court that Moselenyane was a danger to the wellbeing of women and the community must be protected against him. Mudau asked the court to impose the life sentence. The court agreed with the state, and sentenced (Moselenyane) to a life term imprisonment.”

Moselenyane was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

Limpopo provincial director of public prosecutions advocate Ivy Thenga welcomed the sentence, saying it sent a clear message that violence against women would not be tolerated.

She commended the investigating team and the prosecutor for their work which secured the lengthy sentence.

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa