While the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) expressed that SA sexual offenders are feeling the effects of the law, they revealed that a man with 870 crimes of rape, exploitation, sexual assault and child pornography was recently, sentenced to 32 life terms and 170 years in prison.
His name is Warren Troy Knoop. And, according to SAPS, the lengthy sentence 40-years-old Knoop bagged is just one of the many that have been recently handed to SA sexual offenders.
For instance, the Police Service highlighted that one 28-year-old Lonwabo Solontsi who raped 40 females between the ages of 16 and 46 years in four different provinces, is presently, serving a life sentence for the crimes.
As learnt, Solontsi is likely to bag more punishment. He’ll be appearing before the Grahamstown High Court on 24 February 2017 to face additional charges.
Similarly, SAPS divulged that one 36-year-old Dawie de Villiers, a model boss from Kempton Park will soon be slapped with a hefty sentence.
SAPS said De Villiers sexually exploited and defrauded young girls in the modelling industry. He was found guilty of 25 charges of sexual-related crimes. And, his sentencing will come up on 8 March 2017.
That’s not all, another serial rapist is set to face the law’s wrath. The 45-year-old man was arrested in the Northern Cape after months of intensive investigations. He was subsequently, charged with several counts of rape and his case has been postponed to 6 March 2017, SAPS related.
Generally, SAPS divulged that a total of 346 life sentences for rape and sexual-related offences have already been secured in this financial year.
“The accused were convicted by various courts in the country after they were found guilty of these offences.
“The numerous arrests and successful prosecutions are the outcome of the dedication and commitment of the SAPS members attached to the 176 Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Units across the country.
“(It) is indeed a confirmation that the South African Police Service remains dedicated to bringing to justice those responsible for offences committed against women and children,” stated the police service.
BuzzSouthAfrica was told that SAPS has made significant impact in crushing sexual crimes since the police service re-established the FCS Units in June 2010.
“…The FCS Units have made a significant impact in successfully fighting these crimes.
As a result, in the 2015/2016 financial year the conviction rate on crimes against children, (persons younger than 18 years), increased by to 77.36%. The conviction rate for crimes against women (persons older than 18 years) increased to 82.85%.
To further ensure that victims of crimes are treated with dignity and that their rights are protected, the SAPS established 1046 Victim Friendly Rooms (VFRs) at police stations across the country where victims can be interviewed and statements taken in private by well-trained staff.”
Afterwards, SAPS acknowledged that the sexual exploitation of children online is still a matter of concern.
As such, the police service established the Serial and Electronic Crimes Investigation (SECI) Unit within the FSC to concentrate on fighting the online sexual exploitation.
In line with that, SAPS revealed that it recently arrested a couple that sold pornographic material of their own 14-year-old daughter.
“The SECI unit received information from the United States Homeland Security after they had arrested a man in October 2016 in North Carolina for being in possession of pornographic material of the young South African girl.
“(Thereafter), the couple and the child were traced to Vredenburg in the Western Cape.
“Following months of investigation, the couple was arrested and they are currently in police custody facing 10 charges including rape, sexual assault, manufacturing, possession and distribution of pornographic material and sexual exploitation of a child.
“They appeared in the Vredenburg Magistrates’ Court on 16 February 2017 and they have been remanded in custody until 23 February 2017,” SAPS narrated.
Commenting, the Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane reiterated that SAPS is committed to protecting women, children and vulnerable groups.
Phahlane promised that he and his guys will continued to work hard towards bringing every SA sexual offender before the courts.
He said: “we are appreciative of the dedication of our detectives and the sterling efforts of the prosecuting authority in ensuring convictions in court.”
With that, he urged community members to be vigilant and report any suspicious or criminal activities to the police. “You can report crime to your nearest police station or to Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” added the Lieutenant General.