The Olifantshoek Regional Court sentenced a 26-year-old man to 20 years in prison on Monday after he raped a 12-year-old girl in a veld in the Northern Cape town in April 2016.
Police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said Morris Mmusi, armed with a knife, forced the girl and her three friends to get undressed.
"The three friends of the victim managed to escape the ordeal [and] fled while the accused was busy raping the victim.
"The accused then fled the scene subsequent to raping the victim. The friends of the victim alerted a passer-by..." Tawana said. They went to the police station.
Tawana added that Mmusi was arrested in January 2017, after DNA results linked him to the crime.