MEC calls on communities to support rape victims

A JHB court yesterday handed down 28 life sentences to a child rapist who faced over 130 charges.

FILE: Child rapist Peter Khoza targeted girls as young as eight years old. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says while she welcomes the 28 life sentences handed to a convicted child rapist, she's more concerned about his victims.

Peter Khoza, also known as 'Dashboy', was sentenced in the High Court in Johannesburg this week for a total of 139 charges.

The crimes took place from 2007 in Tembisa and Olifantsfontein, with Khoza targeting girls as young as eight years old.

Nkosi-Malobane says Khoza's victims are receiving ongoing counselling and has called on communities to support them.

"What we need to do as the community is to be more concerned about them and the kind of support they need to be offer to the victims. There are many victims, there are not only two or three kids. There are actually over 100 kids that are affected and who were raped. Some of them are actually infected."