It just goes to show that there is sometimes good news in SA. Today we hear that we have a judge that actually has a backbone and is not tolerant of criminal behaviour. Acting Judge Jan Hiemstra decided that 2 serial rapists (who thought that the 20 year sentence they had been given as a result of their convictions after pleading guilty thanks to DNA evidence was too harsh) should spend a few more years behind bars so he handed down life sentences instead.
The only drawbacks are that the judge didn't make any provision for minimum jail terms or when parole could be applied for an oversight that I feel should be addressed asap and the fact that my tax money will be used to house, feed, medicate and "educate" these filthy, raping scumbags for however long they are behind bars. Too bad the Constitutions thinks that the criminal justice system should aim at rehabilitation of criminals (serial rapists cannot be rehabilitated and should instead be castrated) instead of retribution. And what's worse is that the poor women these animals raped will have to live knowing that their tax money is used to give them a standard of living that most other law abiding South African's don't have.
Rapists appeal 20 year sentence, get life
Johannesburg - Two serial rapists who appealed against their prison sentences of 20 years, have been given life sentences, Beeld reported on Tuesday.
The North Gauteng High Court ruled that sentences handed down by a magistrate had been too lenient.
In the appeal judgement, Acting Judge Jan Hiemstra said he got the impression that the magistrate had treated the matter as just another ordinary case.
Samuel Lucky Msimanga, Samkele Welcome Sibeko and two other accused had been convicted in the Springs Regional Court of raping a 24-year-old woman.
Msimanga and Sibeko pleaded guilty and appealed against their sentences.
The magistrate gave them each 20 years in prison after finding that there were factors that justified a lighter sentence.
These factors were that the two had pleaded guilty and that they had consumed alcohol, although they were not drunk when they committed the crime.
Hiemstra said the two had only pleaded guilty because they realised their case was hopeless because of conclusive DNA results.
The new sentences were backdated to 17 October 2012.