THE Pietermaritzburg Sexual Offences Court convicted and sentenced Michael Mbuyiselwa Gcwensa (49), to 15 years imprisonment for a rape he committed last year. KZN SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said the rape occurred on March 3, 2016. “An alert woman was in the Thornville area when she saw the accused giving her nine-year-old daughter R10 and she became suspicious. “She questioned her daughter who told her she had been raped by the accused. “The daughter said the rape had happened several times and each time the accused would give her cash. “The daughter said she had been afraid to report the matter because the accused had threatened her and told her not to tell anyone,” Zwane said.He said a case was immediately opened at the Thornville Police Station and the Plessisslaer Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit took over the investigation.“Detectives used their skills and expertise that led to the arrest of the accused, linking him to the rape case. He was taken to court where his bail was denied and he remained in custody until he was convicted,” Zwane said.The KZN Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa congratulated the Plessisslaer FCS unit for putting the rapist behind bars.“I am pleased with the conviction and hope this will send 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,” he said.- Supplied.