Stiff sentences handed down to rapists

Western Cape police say more than 50 rape cases have been reported this week alone.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stiff sentences have been handed down in various rape cases amid growing concern around the prevalence of gender-based violence, Western Cape police said on Friday.

Provincial police chief Arno Lamoer confirmed more than 50 rape cases have been reported this week alone.

Michael Grootboom will spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Beaufort West in February this year.

He lured the victim to his home and threatened to kill her before raping her.

In a separate case, Dillam Blaauw from Murraysburg was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl in March.

The 18-year-old walked her home after a night out and raped and assaulted her.

Two other men, who were also found guilty of rape, are serving 10 and eight-year prison sentences respectively.

Meanwhile, a Soweto teacher remains behind bars for allegedly raping a 10-year-old boy during detention.

The 44-year-old teacher appeared in court on Wednesday where he was denied bail.

In another incident, a 24-year-old man from Galeshewe in Kimberley is behind bars in connection with the rape of a six-week-old baby.

The man, who is believed to be the victim's uncle, made a brief court appearance on Thursday.