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Johannesburg - The Pietermaritzburg Regional Court sentenced a 26-year-old rapist to life imprisonment after he was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said the court sentenced Nqobile Zondi on Thursday, for the crime he committed in September 2016. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for housebreaking at Imbali township.

“An 11-year-old victim was at her residence at Imbali township assisting at her mother’s shop when the accused asked to buy cigarettes. The victim went to her mother’s room to fetch the cigarette, the accused followed her in the passage and grabbed her to the room and raped her,” Zwane said.

Zwane said a case of rape was opened at Plessislaer police service and the docket was transferred to Plessislaer Family Violence and Child Protection unit.

African News Agency/ANA