Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

South Africa rape killer gets life

South African officials hope the life sentence for a brutal rapist who killed a teenager will send a message about violence against women.

A man convicted of raping and murdering a 17-year-old girl in a gruesome case that shocked South Africa has been sentenced to life in jail.

The government on Friday welcomed the sentencing of Johannes Kana, saying South Africans should reflect on the impact of violence against females in a country that suffers a high rate of rape.

Many people were horrified by the death of the girl, who was mutilated and left for dead earlier this year on a construction site in Bredasdorp, a town in the Western Cape province.

Eric Ntabazalila, a spokesman for national prosecutors, said the sentence hopefully sends a message that courts will not tolerate crimes against women and children.

AP

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