By Jonk Wa Mashamba
The Gauteng Regional Court sitting in Palm Ridge sentenced a 17-year-old convicted serial rapist to 30 years’ imprisonment.
The teenager is believed to be the youngest recorded serial rapist in the history of South Africa.
The teenage serial rapist was 15-years-old at the time when he raped three boys, aged between eight and 10-years-old, on three different occasions around Katlehong during the year of 2020.
The case was assigned to Sergeant Renny Matshavha, a detective based at Katlehong Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offence (FCS) unit.
According to Colonel Dimakatso Sello, Matshavha immediately commenced with her investigation and pieced all the available evidence together.
“Her quality investigation resulted in a solid case brought against the young accused in court who was ultimately sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment for three counts of tape,” said Sello.
The Acting Gauteng Provincial Commissioner of SAPS, Major General Girly Mbele has welcomed the harsh sentence and commended the investigating officer for leading quality investigation.
“The sentence handed down to the 17-year-old convicted serial rapist is a bittersweet success.
“It cannot have been easy for Sergeant Matshavha to investigate a case whereby the perpetrator is a child, but she persevered in seeking justice for the three minor victims and their families.
“Our relentless efforts in addressing the proliferation of sexual offences will restore the communities’ faith in the South African Police Service,” said Mbele.