The family of a 12-year-old Samora Machel girl who was raped while babysitting is devastated after their daughter’s alleged rapist was released from police custody. Photo: File

High alarming rates of gender-based violence are continuing to hit South African society. A Gauteng man has been sentenced to life in prison for k_lling his girlfriend after she threatened to report him for r_ping her.

He had accused her of cheating on him, beat her up, and then proceeded to r_pe her. The Gauteng High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, sentenced Vusi Piet Makuma, 37, to life plus 10 years’ imprisonment for the r_pe and m_rder of his girlfriend, Modiehi Mlangeni.

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According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana, on 9 June 2019, Makuma and Mlangeni were at their home in Evaton when Mlangeni received a call. Makuma accused her of cheating with the person who had called. He started beating her until she fell on the floor. While on the floor, Makuma r_ped her and str_ngled her to death.

Makuma’s brother found her body on 16 June. Makuma handed himself to the police on the same day. Upon his arrest, Makuma confessed and said that after he assaulted Mlangeni, he took off her pants and r_ped her. He said she told him, while he was on top of her, that she was going to report him to the police for the r_pe.

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He then decided to str_ngle her to death. Judge Keitumetse Mogale said the rate of femicide in South Africa was very high. Therefore, it is the duty of the courts to impose harsh sentences and also send a message to prospective criminals that such offenses are unacceptable.

Source: TheCitizen

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