The Ugu Cluster Commander, Major General Sethenya Nxamagele and the Ugu Cluster Detective Commander, Colonel Iks Naicker, issued commendation certificates to detectives of the Umzinto SAPS Detective Service in recognition of their excellent investigation of serious crimes assigned to them for investigation. The certificates were presented to the members by the Umzinto SAPS Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Zuma, on Friday, July 20.
A 42-year-old Malangeni father appeared in the Scottburgh Regional Court in May this year and was convicted of rape and attempted murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The convicted rapist abused his 14-year-old daughter on four different occasions between 3 October and 3 November 2016. The petrified daughter did not immediately report the sexual assaults as her father had threatened to kill her and her mother if she reported the abuse to anyone. She eventually confided in a friend who brought the matter to the attention of an official at the G.J. Crookes Hospital crisis centre. The police were informed and a case was opened and investigated by Detective Warrant Officer Rajesh Maharaj and Detective Sergeant Nonhlanhla Fortunate Ndovela of the Umzinto SAPS Detective Service. It was subsequently established that the father had infected his daughter with the HIV virus.
Siyabonga Mthembu (28) also appeared in the Scottburgh Regional Court where he was convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for the murder of Wandile Mvubu (22).
Members of the Umzinto SAPS responded to a report of a murder on the morning of 2 April 2017 in Ngojeni area in Malangeni and arrived at the scene to find the 22-year-old victim’s body. He had been stabbed. The murder docket was assigned to Constable Promise Gumede of the Umzinto SAPS Detective Service for investigation. The convicted murderer was arrested on the same day and the murder weapon, a knife, was recovered by police.
The Ugu Cluster Commander, Major General Nxamagele and Commander of the Ugu Cluster Detectives, Colonel Iks Naicker, conveyed their thanks and commended the investigating officers for their sterling efforts in investigating the cases and securing the convictions. “It is indeed sad that a father who is expected to love, protect and care for his daughter , can abuse her in such a way. Both accused got the sentences that they deserved and society is that much safer with them locked away in prison”, said the General.