Philippi East man sentenced to life for raping teenage daughter

A 46-year-old man in Philippi East, Cape Town has been sentenced to life behind bars, for the rape of his daughter. 


Luyanda Daniels appeared before the Wynberg Regional Court on Monday, 24 August 2020, where proceedings concluded. 


Daniels was convicted for raping his 14-year-old daughter in August 2017. 


The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province has welcomed the ruling, in a brief statement on Tuesday, 1 September 2020. 


"The Western Cape SAPS management welcomes the life sentence that was handed down by Wynberg Regional Court to Luyanda Daniels, 46, for raping his 14-year-old daughter on 11 August 2017 in the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East", said spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana. 


"On Monday, 24 August 2020 the investigator in the case, Detective Sergeant Yandiswa Jack could not contain her excitement citing that the sentence brought smiles to her as she secured this sentence in Women's month", Rwexana went on to further say. 


The province's commissioner Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata has further lauded the team for a thorough investigation that led to the conviction and subsequent sentencing of the accused.  


"As the conviction and sentence come towards the end of the women's month, one hopes it will serve as a deterrent to would-be perpetrators of gender-based violence", Matakata said. 

Mpumalanga man sentenced for raping daughters 


The sentence came on the same week a Mpumalanga man was also handed a double life sentence for raping his own daughters. 


The matter was heard before the Carolina Regional Court. 


The man's wife, who was also the children's mother, was also implicated after it emerged that she knew her daughters were being abused. She was sentenced to five years for failing to report the abuse to the police. 


"When sentencing the parents, Magistrate Ricardo Regional Cloete reminded the accused what a father means to his children. He told him that a father is supposed to protect his children against harm but instead, the accused was the one who caused the very same harm he was to protect his children from", police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi is quoted as saying. 


Meanwhile a 25-year-old man has been sentenced to an effective 15 years in prison for raping a 24-year-old woman back in April 2018. 


According to the SAPS in the province, Joy Seliki Ngwepe attacked the victim who was returning home from a shebeen, after midnight. 


"Along the way, the accused emerged and revealed his identity before dragging her to his residence and raped her", said spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe. 

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