Life sentence for convicted sexual offenders is not merely a punishment for destroying someone’s future. This comes after a 62-year-old man, Madala Peter Tshemese, was convicted on Friday for raping a 15-month-old baby. Action Society requests the National Prosecuting Authority to push for the highest sentences conceivable.
“How can a possible 25 years in jail justify this devastating act? Not only did Tshemese deprive the baby girl of her innocence, as a father figure he was also the one that should have been protecting her. We are calling for harsher sentences. He should never be released again,” says Daleen Gouws, spokesperson of the civil rights organisation.
Furthermore Action Society urges our government to publish the names of convicted sexual offenders on the national register for sex offenders (NRSO) and to make the list public. “If we can’t know who they are, then they should be locked away in prison for life. We can’t afford to have these monsters among our vulnerable children and woman.”
Action Society calls on the public to sign their petition (www.actionsociety.co.za/national-register) requesting president Cyril Ramaphosa to address this distressing issue as soon as possible.
Tshemese will remain out on bail until possible sentencing on 2 September at the Bhisho High Court — almost two years since the sexual crime was committed.
ISSUED BY: Action Society
DATE: 24 August 2020
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