DA welcomes 37 life sentences for George sex-predator
The DA in the Western Cape welcomes the sentence handed to the George father who pleaded guilty to drugging and raping his daughter’s friends.
I have submitted parliamentary questions to the Minister of Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, to inquire whether the Department has any programmes in place that work with communities to offer support to victims of rape and ensures that cases are reported to the relevant authorities.
The George father has been sentenced to serve 37 concurrent life sentences. As such, he will be behind bars for at least 25 years. Of the 3000 charges of which he was originally accused, the George father pleaded guilty to 67 charges as part of a plea bargain. During the two years of his criminality, the man sexually abused 7 victims between the ages of 10 and 12 years old.
Women and children are the most vulnerable in our communities and need to be protected from acts of this nature. In a country where the conviction rate for sex offenders is low, this conviction is a step in the right direction.
It is concerning that the overwhelming majority of sexual offenders are never held to account for their actions. We urge victims of rape and other crimes against women and children to report these offences in order to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
The DA condemns crimes against women and children in the strongest terms. We are committed to creating safe communities where everyone has equal access to rights and opportunities.