Life sentences for two rapists

2018-04-25 06:00

TWO life sentences were handed down by Greytown Regional Court last week to two men found guilty of rape. The two victims — a 13-year-old girl and a 24-year-old woman.

Last year on August 6, the teenager was walking home with her 12-year-old brother, when their neighbour Zazi Bongani Mkhize, approached them and asked the young boy to fetch R20 from his wife.

The youngster went off leaving his sister with the man.

He dragged her into the bushes, raped her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone anything.

Mkhize gave her R20.

However, when the young boy told his mother that his sister had R20, the mother confronted her — she was too frightened to say anything but eventually revealed that Mkhize had raped her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

The rape was reported to the police and the teenager received counselling after a medical examination.

Mkhize was arrested on August 22, 2017.

He appeared in the Greytown Regional Court on April 16 and was found guilty, sentenced to life imprisonment, declared unfit to possess a firearm and name to be entered onto the sexual offenders’ register.

In the second case, two years ago, a
24-year-old woman who was asleep in a room at the Khomba Road hostel in Greytown was woken by a man — threatening her with a gun and raped her.

The victim knew the man as a friend of her cousin but did not know his name.

Following a report to the police, she underwent a medical examination and the suspect's condom was found internally.

This was sent to the forensic laboratory for analysis. Greytown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) which was investigating the assault traced the suspect who was found sitting in his vehicle outside a Greytown store.

He was identified as 39-year-old
Tsheluyise Sphiwe Malembe.

Malembe was found guilty by the Greytown Regional Court on April 17 and was sentenced to life imprisonment and declared unfit to possess a firearm.

“We are glad about the outcome of the trials and the sentences meted out to the accused. Such people who show such inhumanity towards women and children deserve to be behind bars indefinitely,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa.

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