Ngqamakhwe man jailed for repeatedly raping and impregnating stepdaughter

BY ZANDISIWE POLTIN - NOVEMBER 20, 2015

Butterworth police, on Wednesday welcomed the 18 years imprisonment for Vukile Mkhunyana, of Ngqamakhwe, by the Tsomo Regional Court, which found him guilty of repeatedly raping his stepdaughter and impregnating her.

According to Eastern Cape police, the mother of the victim had two children of her own before marrying Mkhunyana. They were all staying together.

The rape, which resulted in the pregnancy, allegedly took place at Lower Nomaheya Village near Ngqamakhwe in September 2012, when the girl was only 14 years old.

Upon suspicions by the stepdaughter’s teacher in 2013, the girl was taken to a local clinic where it was confirmed that she was indeed pregnant.

“When pressed by her mother as to who caused the damage, the victim refused to implicate anyone,” the police said.

Only after the involvement of social workers did she open and revealed that she was being raped by her stepfather when her mother was away.

Butterworth police Cluster Commander, Brigadier Stanley Sibhidla welcomed the sentence imposed on the accused, saying that he hoped it would serve as a lesson to other rapists.