The 25-year jail sentences that each of the three Deelpan rapists was given by the Mmabatho Regional Court on Friday should sent a strong message to perpetrators of sexual offence that those who violate women and children will face the full might of the law, North West Premier Thandi Modise.
“We welcome the jail term sentences as they served justice on the perpetrators and call on real men to stand up against the scourge of rape and change their attitude towards violence and gender inequality.” emphasised Premier Modise.
Young girls and women should avoid high risk places that could increase their vulnerability such as taverns, shebeens, since most perpetrators target women who are either drunk or who those who ask for lifts from strangers, said Modise.
She called on women to always be aware of their surroundings and consider risks and their safety whenever they go out for entertainment given that not even infants are safe from sexual violence.
According to police, Sam Mboma, 26, Sello Dikale, 19, and Olebogeng Mafulako, 19, raped a 25-year-old woman in Deelpan, near Itsoseng, in October last year.
The three had allegedly accosted the woman and gang-raped when she was leaving a tavern with her brother and cousins.
They were arrested after they were identified by the survivor.