NPA lauds rape survivor's bravery as attacker is sentenced to 20 years

The 63-year-old, sentenced yesterday, has been added to the national sex offenders’ registry.

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CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has lauded an eight-year-old girl's bravery, which has landed the man who raped her 20 years behind bars.

The girl from Mossel Bay pointed out her attacker in a photo identity parade following the incident in 2014.

The 63-year-old was sentenced in the Mossel Bay Regional Court yesterday.

The convicted rapist has been added to the national sex offenders' registry following his sentencing.

In her testimony, the girl detailed how she'd been attacked on her way to school and raped in the man's Kwanonqaba home.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila explains she was integral to the successful prosecution.

"The teacher noticed the blood and the matter was reported to the police. We identified the house and she later identified him in a photo identity parade."

Ntabazalila adds he hopes this case will encourage more rape survivors to come forward.