Four life sentences for rapists

By Drum Digital
08 February 2016

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit has secured four life sentences for rapists across the province.

Detectives have been working hard to arrest perpetrators of rape, attempted rape, kidnapping, sexual assaults and other sex-related cases. And last month, they were able to secure life sentences in three cases reported between 2009 and 2014.

Themba Dlamini (38) was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Port Shepstone Regional Court for raping a six-year-old child at the Mkholombe area in January 2009. Sibonelo Ngobese (20) was sentenced to life in prison by the Mtubatuba Regional Court for raping two 10-year-old children at Mduku Reserve in August 2014. Finally, a 32-year-old man, who raped and impregnated his cousin in September 2013 in the Mgababa area, was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment by the Empangeni Regional Court.

The KZN Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, appealed to parents to take special care of their children in light of the fact that sexual crimes are often committed by someone close to the victims.

“It remains a source of concern that despite the hard work of police in putting these depraved individuals behind bars, our women and children still remain vulnerable to predators who live amongst them,” she said.

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