Ladysmith: Detectives' thorough work sends criminals to jail

2009-02-19 00:00

Due to thorough investigative work by detectives of the Ladysmith family violence, child protection and sexual offences office, an assault case and a rape case have been concluded with the criminals behind bars.

Bongani Majola, one of two suspects involved in a rape case, was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment at Ezakheni Magistrate's Court recently. Majola and his partner (who is still at large) broke into a house in Umhlumayo, Ezakeni. He proceeded to assault, rape and then steal a cellphone from a 24-year-old woman who was looking after two children, aged 10 and 15.

Captain Charmaine Struwig, spokeswoman for the Ladysmith SAPS, said Majola and his partner could have done a lot more had it not been for the fact that the two children managed to escape and alert neighbours (all women), who scared off the suspects.

"I am determined to find him," said Inspector Shabalala of the elusive suspect.

The court also recently sentenced Themba Nhlanhla (30) to 10 years' imprisonment after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting a four-year-old child in September last year.

Though the man was caught in the act by the child's mother he denied the allegations, which were later proven to be fact by the detectives.

"It is one of the highest sentences that I have seen handed down for indecent assault," said Constable Moloi.

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