South Africa: Prosecutors Finally Win Justice for Raped, Pregnant 13-Year Old Who Burnt to Death

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Nine months after she died in a shack fire, prosecutors finally won justice for a 13-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and impregnated by her own father, and had to get an abortion. Her father, Sakhiwo Nondumo, 40, was sentenced to three 25-year sentences for his crime. Child protection organisations and social workers lauded the sentence, but said the child's ordeal once again highlighted how closed the criminal justice system is to victims who need it the most.

Two years after he started raping his only child at night, Sakhiwo Nondumo, 40, from Kwazakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay started serving an effective 25 years' imprisonment after entering into a plea agreement with the National Prosecuting Authority.

In his chilling admission of his crime set out over a few pages handed to the court, he repeated three times: "She was crying and pleading with me to stop what I was doing to her. She was crying saying that I must stop what I was doing to her but I did not. She said I must stop but I did not. I raped her two more times."

He explained that he first raped her on 8 August 2018 after he had been...

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