A young woman's life was changed forever when she - and her friend - were raped repeatedly by two brothers, the Thohoyandou high court heard yesterday.
This account was submitted by the prosecution during the sentencing of the Khorommbi brothers, Ntshengedzeni, 21, and Thifheli Kenneth, 26, on two counts of rape.
The two brothers were found guilty of raping two young women, then aged 17 and 19, in October 2003.
The court heard that they had "cynically" taken turns to rape the young women.
A witness told the court that the life of one of the victims had completely changed - with her becoming "a hermit" who no longer cared about her life.
The accused were both found guilty on two counts of rape and each sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment.
Handing down judgment Judge Godfrey Hetisani said: "It is worrying that one of the victims had her life so changed because of her rape trauma."
The court heard that the victim still needed extensive trauma counselling in the hope that she could return to a normal life.