A black man who raped a white woman in her farmhouse and tormented her children was found guilty on 17 counts in the Port Elizabeth High Court.
Officer Piet Smit said he had to take a day off the day he escorted Sebenzile Simane to court. “He told me he had no regret whatsoever and he would do it a thousand more times if he could”
“He told me he likes to see white people suffer, I don’t know whether he was just saying it to piss me off because I am a white man or that how he actually feels but it hurts either way”
“That man has the devil inside of him, he was smiling at me like he had accomplished something very great”. Smit said he went to see a therapist after his brief encounter with Sebenzile Simane.
The charges against Sebenzile Simane, 32, included two of rape, an attempted rape, four of attempted murder, and compelling a child to witness a sexual act, said regional National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Tsepo Ndwalaza.
Ndwalaza said the NPA was very pleased with the conviction for Simane’s “gruesome deeds” against a 45-year-old businesswoman and her three children.
Simane, who used to work on the farm, had pleaded not guilty to firing several shots to gain entry into the farmhouse outside of Hankey in March last year, before tormenting the family for hours,
The 32-year-old was sentenced to an effective life term of imprisonment in the Port Elizabeth High Court.
Handing down sentencing, acting Judge Olav Ronaasen said he found no compelling or substantial circumstances to deviate from the minimum prescribed sentences when he sentenced Sebenzile Simane to a total of 173 years for the crimes he committed in February and March 2018.
Ronaasen said Simane’s actions were cruel and barbaric and deserved severe punishment.
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