"I would lay criminal charges against any person who rapes my five-year-old girl," said Kwanele Sonnyboy Mlambo, on Thursday, a day after he was convicted of raping a six-year-old girl in a secluded area near Somalia Park informal settlement in Boksburg on September 11, 2007.
Mlambo, a father of two girls aged three and five, made this remark during mitigation of sentence in which he asked Judge Lucy Mailula to be lenient when sentencing him.
Judge Mailula convicted him on Wednesday based on the finding that Mlambo went to the child's mother and asked her to allow him to go with the girl to his house and fetch his keys. He took the girl along with three boys.
Along the way, he forced the boys to lie on the railway line while he proceeded with the girl to a secluded area in the veld where he threw the child into a trench and raped her at gunpoint.
He then fled the scene. The little girl had to find her way home and tell her mother who reported Mlambo to the police. She also received a medical examination which proved that she had been raped.
He was adamant that he did not rape the child but asked for forgiveness from her family who believe that he raped her.
"I realise that I am now in big trouble for something I did not do.
"I ask for forgiveness from the child's parents. I do not know what really happened."
When Judge Mlambo asked him to appreciate the fact that he had exposed the child to HIV and Aids his reply was "No".
He remained steadfast in his denial but Judge Mailula was adamant that the rape of the child was a well-planned exercise by Mlambo.
The case was postponed to Monday for sentencing.
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