A 25-year-old Malangeni man appeared in the Scottburgh Regional Court where he was convicted of rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. On 26 February 2017, a 30-year-old Malangeni mother went out, leaving her two daughters behind, in the care of their paternal uncle who lived with them. When she returned home later that day, she observed her six-year-old daughter behaving strangely and visiting the bathroom frequently.
She examined the child and found that she had been sexually violated and was hurt. When questioned, the child replied that she had been raped by her uncle and warned not to tell anyone. The matter was reported to the Umzinto SAPS and a case of rape was registered and assigned to Umzinto Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit (FCS) for investigation. The uncle, who fled the scene, was subsequently arrested by police and made to stand trial.
Another rapist, Simphiwe Madlala (31) from Gezubuso location near Pietermaritzburg was sentenced by Pietermaritzburg Regional Court to 20 years imprisonment. In May 2016, the victim (18) was walking near the railway line in Gezubuso location at 6.30, she was approached by the accused who threatened her with a bush knife and he raped her. A case was opened at Plessislaer police station and transferred to their Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit detectives for investigation. The accused was immediately arrested and prosecuted.
KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the FCS Units for their excellent investigation on the cases and securing convictions. “It is really disheartening when elders who are supposed to care and protect children, instead betray their trust and abuse them. These sentences will send out a strong message to others who may have thoughts of committing similar offences,” he said.