FAMILY Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units in KwaZulu-Natal have secured a total of six terms of life imprisonment, which was meted out to rapists last month. According to SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele investigators from the unit have been in and out of KZN courts making sure that those accused of sexually related offences are prosecuted and their victims find closure.“From July 1 to 31, a total of 539 cases of rape, sexual assault, child neglect and kidnapping cases were received for investigation by the unit. During the same period 284 arrests were made as a result of investigations by the team. “Accused who were on trial during the same period were sentenced to six terms of life imprisonment as well as a total of 431 years in prison. The six men who were sentenced to life imprisonment were as a result of rape incidents that had occurred in Mariannhill, KwaMakhutha, Newcastle, Osizweni, Bishopstowe and Wartburg. The accused cannot be named since their victims are children, and related to them.”The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa congratulated the FCS units for their perseverance in putting rapists behind bars. “I am pleased with this news as it comes at a time when we are advocating against the culture of gender violence. I hope that this sends a clear message to those who abuse our women and children. “We also wish to thank all role players in the criminal justice system for their part in securing these convictions. We hope those who were arrested last month will face a similar fate soon,’’ he said. - Supplied.