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Graaff-Reinet rapist sentenced to 10 years imprisonment


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

EASTERN CAPE - Somerset-East Regional Court convicted and sentenced Simphiwe Grootboom (34) for the rape of a 26-year-old woman.

It is alleged that the victim was consuming alcohol with the boyfriend and suspect and they fell asleep. She woke up when the suspect was on top of her and she was raped.  The suspect is known to the victim.

The accused was traced and arrested on Monday 4 March 2019.  On Thursday, 26 August 2021 he was convicted and sentenced.

Captain Theo Van Zyl Commander of Graaff Reinet Family violence, Child Protection and sexual offenses unit mentioned the hard work and dedication of W/O A.G.E Hufkie does not go unnoticed. He gave a good account of himself throughout investigation and that the sentence handed to the accused should be a deterrent to potential perpetrators of gender based violence.


Captain Bradley Rawlinson
082 413 5536