On the 27th of May, the first time in the history of South Africa, double murderer Johannes De Jager was sentenced to life behind bars for killing two sex workers. Western Cape High Court acting Judge Chuma Cossie handed down three life sentences to run concurrently.
De Jager (49) was convicted in April for killing and raping 18-year-old sex worker Hiltina Alexander in 2008 and killing 16-year-old Charmaine Mare last year.
Judge Cossie said, the court found that there were no substantial and compelling circumstances allowing her to deviate from prescribed minimum sentences. “It is also mindful of the fact that two young lives were violated and such lives cannot be replaced,” she added.
Sisonke National Organiser, Duduzile Dlamini, expressed elation at the verdict, “This one [case] shows me that our voices are heard now and I’m going to motivate my colleagues to go back and review their cases”.