Mossel Bay man sentenced to 20 years in jail for rape

Nonoho Joseph Mothikga has also been added to the national sex offenders’ registry.

FILE: Police say the child was able to accurately identify her attacker and describe his home, which led to his arrest. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - A Mossel Bay man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping an eight-year-old child.

The 63-year-old was previously convicted of sexually assaulting the young girl and sentenced in the Mossel Regional Court today.

The child pointed her attacker out in a photo identity parade which led to his arrest earlier this year.

In an affidavit, the girl detailed how she was ambushed on her way to school and raped in her attacker's single-bedroom KwaNonqaba home.

Following the ordeal, the girl returned to school and reported the incident to her teacher.

Police say the child was able to accurately identify her attacker and describe his home, which led to his arrest.

The victim was able to corroborate key State evidence that ultimately led to the successful prosecution of her attacker.

The man, Nonoho Joseph Mothikga, has also been added to the national sex offenders' registry.