Life sentences for 2 KZN men caught raping woman

2017-10-17 11:37
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Durban – Two KwaZulu-Natal men, who police officers caught in the act of raping a young woman, have been sentenced to life imprisonment, police said on Tuesday.

Sibongakonke Mazibuko, 33, and Senzo Sithole, 33, were sentenced in the Pietermaritzburg High Court for the rape of the 20-year-old woman in Richmond.

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According to police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, the young woman had been walking home from a local bar when Mazibuko and Sithole overpowered her, threatened her with a knife, and began raping her.

"While the accused were busy raping the victim, a police van went past and the accused fled the scene. The victim called for assistance and the police chased and arrested both accused."

Acting provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa welcomed the sentence.

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"I commended the members for their alertness that led to the arrest of the accused soon after the incident. Our members are always encouraged to be always vigilant and observant at all times while conducting their crime prevention duties."

He added that the sentence handed down was a warning to other would-be criminals.

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