A 39-year-old Limpopo man, accused of raping a 75-year-old grandmother, has recently been handed a life sentence. Solly Ntlwane of Mecklenburg was sentenced in the Burgersfort Regional Court.
Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, DPP Limpopo spokesperson, said the incident happened on April 16, 2019, when the victim gave Ntlwane an overnight accommodation as she knew his father.
“During the night, Ntlwane left the bedroom he was given to sleep in and went to the woman’s bedroom and raped her five times. After the ordeal, Ntlwane told the complainant that he would bring her milk and bread the following day. In the morning the victim told her neighbours that Ntlwane raped her,” said Malabi-Dzhangi.
Malabi-Dzhangi said the woman was taken to hospital and a medical examination confirmed that indeed there was penetration. She said Ntlwane then came back later to bring the food and he was arrested by neighbours who were waiting for him at the woman’s house.
“During the trial, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and his explanation was that she invited him to her house. The old woman denied that version and told the court that she last had sexual intercourse 30-years ago,” Malabi-Dzhangi said.
She said the court rejected Ntlwane’s version and convicted him of rape. Malabi-Dzhangi explained that the Victim Impact Report compiled by a social worker was submitted to court to demonstrate the impact the rape had on the woman. She said the report states that the woman is now scared to help her male clients as a traditional healer.
Speaking in aggravation of sentence, the prosecutor, Ntuweleni Tshikotshi stated that if life imprisonment cannot be imposed on this case, when can it be imposed as the complainant is classified as a vulnerable person.
“The woman is a helpless old lady who could not fight back. Old people need to be protected from such barbaric behavior,” Tshikotshi said.