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He was convicted of trying to beat his 11-year-old boy to death and raping his 16-year-old daughter in 2014 as well as abusing and neglecting all five of his children.
The mother of the children was sentenced to five years suspended for 5 years, on the condition that she is not found guilty of child neglect and using drugs.
She must also undergo psychological therapy.
Judge Eben Jordaan said the mother is not a good candidate for a custodial sentence because she was also subjected to continuous abuse and was found to be a battered woman.