Rape victims must not fear reporting rapists

2016-06-09 19:30

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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Major General Bhekinkosi Langa on Thursday encouraged rape victims to come forward and report perpetrators.

His call comes after the conviction of Sfiso Mthethwa, 28, who was on Wednesday sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in the Empangeni Regional Court. He was found guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl last year at the Madaka reserve in Empangeni.

"We would like to thank our detectives for bringing all evidence to court which led to the prosecution and sentencing of the accused. The victims should never be terrified to report the perpetrators to the police and we urge family members to continue to assist rape victims in reporting such cases," Langa said.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the victim was walking home from school when she was overpowered by Mthethwa, forced into his homestead, and raped.

"She informed her mother about the incident and the matter was reported to Empangeni SAPS. The docket was transferred to Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation that led to the arrest of Mthethwa on 9 September 2015."

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