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Life sentence for child rapist: Gqeberha

GQEBERHA – The fight against gender-based violence (GBV) continuous and every effort must be made to arrest the perpetrators and ensure that justice is served.

The Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Gqeberha secured a life term imprisonment sentence for a stepfather after he was found guilty of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter during 2018 and 2019. The child was raped on several occasions at their house in Helenvale. The child reported the rape at the Helenvale Victim Support Centre and to her two aunts. A case was opened on 31 July 2019 and the suspect (45) was arrested on the same day. He was remanded in custody until the finalisation of the case.

On 9 March 2021, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Also on 9 March 2021, a 26-year-old rape accused was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a separate case. On 21 January 2015, at 14:30, the 17-year-old teenager and a friend were walking on the San Souci Road towards Pola Park in Booysens Park when the accused Siyabonga Mfama approached them. He demanded their cellphones and threatened them with a knife. Mfama then raped the teenager.

He was linked to the crime through DNA. At the time of his arrest for the rape, he was already serving a 7-year sentence for illegal possession of a firearm in Humewood in October 2017. He was sentenced in July 2018 in respect of the illegal possession of a firearm case. The court ruled that the sentence of 10 years will not run concurrent to his already serving sentence.

The investigating officer in both cases was Detective Sergeant Joshua Shilajoe of the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) in Gqeberha.

As the cries to end GBV gets louder each day, the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has welcomed these sentences handed down to the sexual offenders. ‘The expertise of our Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) is critical in ensuring that perpetrators of rape and sexual abuse are removed from society. Crimes against women and children are cowardice therefore, victims of abuse are encouraged to blow the whistle on the perpetrators in order to protect the vulnerable. I commend the sterling work of the investigating officer and the prosecuting authority,’ added Lt Gen Ntshinga.

Source: South African Police Service