Nkowankowa-Doctor Dumisani Chauke was sentenced to eight years in prison for criminal sexual assault on Tuesday, November 3.
The 55-year-old Medical Doctor, from Nkowankowa, was sentenced by the Nkowankowa Regional Court for raping a 17-year-old girl. The incident took place on 17 October 2017.
The Doctor whose surgery is based in Nkowankowa, raped the victim after she visited the surgery for a consultation. The victim was placed on the bed for a medical examination when she suddenly experienced some pains. She then realized that the accused was raping her.
The victim quickly rushed out of the consulting room and went straight home where she informed her mother about the ordeal. A case of rape was immediately opened and the initial Police investigations ensued. The accused was arrested shortly afterward.
“The case was allocated to Detective Sergeant Helray Mmola from the Saps Tzaneen Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit who meticulously investigated the matter until she acquired this heavy jail term”, said Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has welcomed the sentence on both hands.
“We hope that this jail term will serve as a deterrent to all perpetrators of these types of crimes and other criminal activities, especially the professionals who are supposed to protect any victim, that crime does not pay”, concluded General Ledwaba.