A 57-year-old Mpumalanga minibus taxi owner who raped and repeatedly impregnated his daughter since she was 11 is appealing his life sentence in court.
The man who has not been named to protect his daughter’s identity, appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday. He was arrested in March 2012, after his daughter and her mother escaped from his terror and broke their silence to the public. After the family refused to get him a lawyer to represent him, he had to agree to be represented by a Legal Aid lawyer.
The trial was delayed several times for many reasons such as getting results for forensic tests done on three love letters he denied writing to his daughter.
In December, Magistrate Vanessa Joubert found him guilty of rape and of assaulting his wife.
During the hearing, the court heard that he raped and impregnated his biological daughter three times between 2001 and 2003. He forced her to abort the fetus each time she got pregnant.
Nelspruit Regional Court found him guilty based on evidence from his daughter and her mother and sentenced him to life imprisonment plus another 15 years and a further three years for assault.
However, feeling unjustified with his sentence, the man has gone ahead to appeal the sentence and t ask that a lighter sentence be given to him. His appeal was turned down indefinitely by the court. “Your appeal has been delayed due to the fact that we still have not received the transcripts of the trial,” said Joubert.
Joubert explained that last year, three of the courts were flooded when it rained, damaging the recording machines and as such, they could not retrieve some of the transcripts on the case.
“Once the process of obtaining the transcripts have been finalized they will then be forwarded to your attorney,” said Joubert.
The case was postponed to February 3, 2016.