19 February 2018

South Africa: Life Imprisonment for Rape

press release

The Provincial Commissioner in Northern Cape, Lieutenant General Risimati Shivuri has welcomed the sentences handed down earlier this month by Upington Regional Court on two different cases.

In the first case, the accused, Jan Basie Steenkamp (36) was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping and assaulting a nine-year-old girl.

The incident happened on 04 June 2016 at the suspect's house in Grobbershoop. According to the information, Steenkamp invited the girl to his house to give her money. When the girl arrived she was assaulted leaving her unconscious. The victim regained consciousness while Steenkamp was still busy raping her. The accused then offered the victim water and threatened her not to tell anyone.

Steenkamp was arrested the following day after the incident 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 another incident Dawid Johannes Noah (39) was sentenced to five years imprisonment for attempted rape.

It was on 11 February 2017 at 22:00, at Rosedale when Noah broke into the 27-year-old victim's house and tried to rape her at knife point. 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.

Lieutenant General Shivuri has commended the investigating officers on both cases for their hard work and commitment in ensuring that perpetrators face the full might of the law. The sentences will send a strong message that Northern Cape Province takes crimes committed against children and women as a priority and will continue to put those responsible behind bars.

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