GLENDALE – The KwaDukuza Regional Court has convicted and sentenced a 69-year-old grandfather to 45 years imprisonment for three counts of rape.
The Glendale grandfather repeatedly raped his two grandchildren aged 9 and 11 years who were left in his care whilst their mother was at work.
It is alleged that the accused would call the victims on different occasions and rape them and continued doing so until he was caught in the act by a neighbor who reported the matter to the victim’s mother.
When the young girls were questioned they confirmed the incident. The matter was the reported to the police and the docket was transferred to KwaDukuza Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.
The accused was arrested and charged accordingly however, another 13-year-old victim came forward and told her teacher that in 2014, she was repeatedly raped by the accused who was her neighbor and the matter was reported to the police so far another charge of rape was added.
The grandfather made several court appearances until he was sentenced.
“It’s sad and disappointing that the people who are supposed to protect and love the victims are the one abusing them. As society it is our duty to protect our future leaders from such people. We would like to encourage communities and members of the family to continue to report such act to the police,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa.