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South Africa rape killer gets life

Published 01/11/2013 | 13:21

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South African officials hope the life sentence for a brutal rapist who killed a teenager will send a message about violence against women.

A man convicted of raping and murdering a 17-year-old girl in a gruesome case that shocked South Africa has been sentenced to life in jail.

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The government on Friday welcomed the sentencing of Johannes Kana, saying South Africans should reflect on the impact of violence against females in a country that suffers a high rate of rape.

Many people were horrified by the death of the girl, who was mutilated and left for dead earlier this year on a construction site in Bredasdorp, a town in the Western Cape province.

Eric Ntabazalila, a spokesman for national prosecutors, said the sentence hopefully sends a message that courts will not tolerate crimes against women and children.

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