Uncle handed life sentences for repeated rape of his niece

A 27-year-old Sakhiso Cele was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for the rape of a minor.

Cele appeared before a regional court in Umlazi where he was found guilty of the double rape of a 13-year-old girl at an informal settlement in G Section.

According to Colonel Robert Netshiunda, on September 5 2022, the mother of the 13-year-old victim was furious to learn that her daughter did not go to school.

As she was chastising the child, said Netshiunda, she was shocked to learn that the child’s uncle had instructed her not to go to school.

“The crying child confessed to the mother that she was raped by her uncle on the night of September 3 2022,” said Netshiunda.

“Cele had lured his niece to his shack where he gagged her mouth and raped her. Investigations also unearthed that Cele had also raped the girl in a similar manner in 2021.”

The Umlazi family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit’s investigations proved that the child was raped, leading to Cele’s arrested.

After making several court appearances, Cele was removed from society and condemned to jail for the rest of his life.

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