Men who raped family members get life

2016-07-20 12:55

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Pietermaritzburg - Appeal judges in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday confirmed life sentences imposed on two men who were found guilty of raping family members in two separate cases.

In one case in the Umzimkulu area a 44-year-old man was found guilty of having raped his daughter on many occasions from the time she was nine years old.

The rapes continued from 2004 until 2013 when he was found out.

According to the court record he was only caught out because he wrote letters to his daughter that were found in his room by her sister.

From the contents of the letters she suspected that the father was “proposing love” to the victim and she alerted her mother.

The victim then revealed that her father had raped her on various occasions when she delivered food to his room. She said she had never reported the rapes as he had threatened to kill her if she did so and she was afraid.

Confirming the conviction and life sentence, Judge Thoba Poyo Dlwati said one could only imagine the trauma the victim suffered. She had testified that she ran away from home on various occasions to get away from her father. She had never told anyone of her trauma because of the threats he made.

In another case in the Empangeni area, a 25-year-old man was found guilty of having raped his younger brother (then about 11 years old) on May 20, 2014.

In that case Judge Rashid Vahed and Judge Poyo Dlwati also confirmed the man’s life sentence.

Meanwhile, the SAPS reported yesterday that the Empangeni regional court imposed a 25- year jail sentence on 54-year-old Bhekumuzi Manzini for the rape of a mentally disturbed teenager in Obizo reserve in the area. The 15-year-old victim was at home when Manzini came there in October 2014 and offered her some fruit. He then raped her.

According to the evidence he threatened the victim and told her not to report the matter.

“He continued to rape the victim when the elders were not home up until the victim fell pregnant in November 2014,” said provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala.

He said the victim’s aunt had noticed that she was not well and after questioning her she found out about the rapes.

The matter was reported to the Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.

Manzini was arrested in November 2014 after he was linked to the case by his DNA.

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