Cop gets life for teen rape

The officer was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in Vereeniging.

FILE: A policeman has been sentenced to life for raping a teenager. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the country marks 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, a policeman has been sentenced to life for raping a teenager.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed the conviction of the constable.

The officer was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in Vereeniging.

The policeman was stationed at Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg, and was sentenced in the Vereeniging Regional Court on Wednesday.

NPA spokesperson Nathi Ncube says the officer, Innocent Mthethwa, was found guilty of rape in September.

He waited two month to learn his fate.

"He kidnapped her from her place of residence. Fortunately for the victim, Mthethwa's colleagues came to the rescue and they found her. Mthethwa was still on top of the child and they arrested him."

Ncube says the NPA hopes the outcome of the case will send a strong message.

In the Eastern Cape, police have arrested a suspected serial rapist in Cradock.

The 22-year-old man is alleged to have raped five women between the ages of 41 and 90 in Hofmeyer since January last year.

The police's Stephanie Smith said the man was originally released due to insufficient evidence linking him to the crimes.

"Then the case was handed to a unit for investigation. After intensive investigations, we managed to link him to the rape cases that took place in January 2014."

In the Western Cape, a man's been arrested after being accused of raping an eight-year-old girl.

Police said the child was walking to school on Wednesday morning when she was approached by the suspect in Kwanonqaba near Mossel Bay.

The police's Bernadine Steyn explains what happened.

"The suspect took the victim to his house where he allegedly assaulted and raped her. He will appear in court soon."