A man has been jailed for six years by the Nelspruit Regional Court for trying to rape his seven-year-old cousin.
A Sapa correspondent reported that Nathi Malope (21) from Gemu Trust outside Hazyview, Mpumalanga, was arrested in January 2011 after his aunt caught him trying to rape her daughter.
Magistrate André Geldenhuys said today because Malope had been in custody for two years and seven months since his arrest, he was sentencing him to eight years imprisonment, two of which were suspended for five years.
Geldenhuys said Malope’s actions had changed many things in his aunt’s family.
“For this reason, you are not welcome any more at your aunt’s house as she has a little girl and fears for her safety,” said Geldenhuys.
He said the court heard Malope lured the girl to a shack in his aunt’s yard. He was trying to rape her when the aunt caught him.
“If it was not for the child’s mother, you would have completed the act. You were 18 years old at the time … You should have known better.”
Geldenhuys said according to the aunt, the child still suffered from the ordeal.
“She has repeated her Grade 1 at school. Due to this incident, she is not able to sleep at night. She even fears all male persons, which means she has suffered severely.”
The magistrate said the court had taken into consideration that Malope grew up in poverty and that his parents died at an early age.
“You were forced to move from one family member to another in order to make progress at school. You progressed to Grade 9 and were not formerly employed,” he said.
He noted that Malope was drunk at the time and he still showed no remorse.
“You need rehabilitation as you are a risk in society. Only prison can rehabilitate you. You are not fit to work with children and your name will be registered on the register for sexual offenders.”
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