TWO men, Sphamandla Mkhize (27) and Syanda Shinga (23) were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for rape and five years’ for kidnapping in the Scottburgh Regional Court last Wednesday.National Prosecution Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said the sentences relate to offences that took place in December 2012 in the Mtwalume area near Hibberdene. The complainant was on her way to meet her boyfriend when she was accosted by both the accused. “They threatened her with a knife and took her to a bush where they raped her.Ramkisson said the accused kept the complainant in the bush all night and took her home the next morning.“The next day Mkhize took the complainant to her home, proposing love to her. The complainant reported the matter when she got home and a case was opened,” said Ramkisson.Regional Court Prosecutor, Akhile Gcume led DNA evidence that linked Mkhize to the crime. “Both men were positively identified by the complainant during an identity parade and have both been sentenced.The National Prosecuting Authority welcomes the sentence,” said Ramkisson. - Supplied.