Life sentences for rapists

2018-06-28 06:03

The efforts of the members of the Nyanga Cluster Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) have paid off, bringing to successful prosecution two cases before the Wynberg Regional Court recently.

In two separate incidents the perpetrators received more than 75 years’ sentence. The FCS unit is tasked with investigating all serious and violent sexual crimes perpetrated against the women and children in our communities.

Khanya Makuzeni (23) of Philippi East was sentenced to 75 years direct imprisonment for the rape of two 19-year-old girls on Tuesday 5 July 2016.

Makuzeni accosted the girls while they were walking and pointed a firearm at them, threatening them with vulgar language­.

He took both girls to an open field in Lower Crossroads where he raped the first 19-year-old. He then took them to a shack where he kept them overnight and raped the second 19-year-old girl.

Police say crimes against women and children are a top priority and that every endeavour will be made to apprehend perpetrators­.

The investigating officers were commended for their commitment and dedication when tasked with such a sensitive and emotional investigation.

Anwar Ryklief (37) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape of a 23-year-old mentally challenged woman.

The incident occurred on Saturday 7 March 2015 when the young woman was alone at home, as her care giver had gone out. Ryklief lured her out of the house with the promise of money.

When she got to his house, which was just across the road, he raped her.

The incident was reported by her 56-year-old father after she informed him of what had happened.

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