No jail for sex with girlfriend, 15

Tonga - A 27-year-old Mpumalanga man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has been given a suspended sentence after he admitted to having sex with the minor.

Themba Given Vilane, of Mdladla village outside Malalane, was handed a five-year jail sentence when he appeared in the Tonga Regional Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty.

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The sentence has been suspended for five years.

Passing judgment, magistrate Edgar Moletsane warned the accused to stop having sexual relationships with minors, a Sapa correspondent reported.

“Stay away from falling in love with minors. Go home, and you should not be found having committed a similar crime for a period of five years,” said Moletsane.

Vilane's legal representative Xolani Mahlalela told the court that his client agreed in a sworn statement that he had indeed had sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend in 2013.

Vilane was arrested on June 9, 2013.