MEC welcomes rapist sentence

2015-06-23 06:00

THE KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, has welcomed the life sentences meted out to Scebi Ndlovu and Sanele Ngcobo for raping a young woman.

On 19 April, 2014, an 18-year-old woman was on her way home with her boyfriend when she was attacked by Ndlovu (20) and Ngcobo (22). She was dragged into a bush at knife point and repeatedly raped by the two men.

The Pinetown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit arrested and charged the accused after investigations.

After numerous court appearances, the Pietermaritzburg High Court sentenced Ndlovu to seven life terms for seven counts of rape. Ngcobo was sentenced to five life terms for five counts of rape and a further 12 months for stealing a cellphone.

MEC Mchunu welcomed the court’s sentences, saying it sends a clear message to criminals and offenders that rape and attack women would be brought to justice.

“This case is one of the most inhumane crimes committed against a young woman. The pain felt by the family and friends of the victim is immeasurable.

“The sentences handed down by the court are welcomed and we hope it serves as a deterrent to those who commit and would be offenders of such violent and brutal crimes against women.

“Those who attack, rape, assault children and women must know that there are severe consequences for inflicting pain on women.

“The perpetrators of crimes against women should know that they cannot operate with impunity.

“We thank the SAPS and prosecution teams that worked tirelessly to ensure that justice is done for the victim and her family. We hope the sentences will bring closure to the victim, her family and friends,” said Mchunu.

He added that the provincial government and the department had identified rape and murder as the priority crimes that need especial attention.

“The call is for the mobilisation and strengthening of key role players and stakeholders to give particular attention on these types of crimes. Such focus and mobilisation is bound to deliver the desired impact against crime,” he said.

- Supplied.

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