349 arrested for sexual offences in last month

2015-05-13 09:36

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THE Family Violence, Child ­Protection and Sexual ­Offences Units (FCS) in KwaZulu-Natal ­arrested almost 350 people for sexual related offences last month.

Teams of detectives have been shuttling to and from the different courts throughout the province in the quest to see justice done to victims of rape and sexual violation.

From April 1 to April 30, the officers arrested the 349 people for sexual related offences including kidnapping, assaults, domestic ­violence, sexual assault, robbery, attempted murder, house breaking and theft, abduction and rape cases in the province.

During the same period, 51 people were convicted by courts in the province after they were found guilty of sexual offences.

Six life sentences and a total of 412 years of imprisonment were handed down by courts during the past month.

According to SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, management at the FCS Units welcomed that maximum sentences were handed down in most cases and that justice was delivered to the victims.

SAPS provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said, “The sentences handed down will send a clear message to like-minded would-be offenders that the police will trace, arrest and successfully prosecute them.” — WR

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