The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, welcomed two life sentences handed down by the Klerksdorp Regional Court to a 28-year-old uncle, who raped his two nieces.

The sentences emanate from an incident reported on Tuesday, 1 January 2019, in Kanana outside Klerksdorp, where the uncle sent the victims, aged 9 and 11, to buy cigarettes at a nearby shop. When they returned, the accused took the pair to the bedroom where he raped them.

Subsequent to good investigative work by Warrant Officer Nkagisang Motsumi, the accused was arrested shortly after the case was reported. The accused has been in custody until his sentencing on Monday, 8 June 2020. The sentences will run concurrently.

The Provincial Commissioner commended the Investigating Officer for a job well done and indicated that the sentences will definitely send a strong message that sexual offenders will be dealt with effectively.