MEC THUSI LAUDS CHILD RAPIST SENTENCE
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi has applauded a 20-year sentence imposed on a child rapist by the eMpangeni Magistrates Court.
On Monday, Skhosiphi Shange (51) was found guilty of luring the child – who was 14 years old in 2012 – to go to the shop with him before forcing her into nearby bushes and raping her. Shange then bought her silence by giving her R20.
The matter was reported to police after the mother noticed a change in her child’s behaviour and performance at school. She confronted the child who told her what happened.
Thusi said parents should remain vigilant in their responsibility to their children.
“The hero in this story is the child’s mother who noticed the changes in her child and took action. Had she not done that, Skhosiphi Shange would still be walking the streets posing a danger to other children,” Thusi said on Tuesday.
“The sentence imposed on Shange is particularly significant as it comes at a time when our country is observing Child Protection Week,” Thusi added.
“It is evidence that there is no place in our society for child rape and all forms of abuse. We must use this week to remind ourselves of the importance of protecting our children and respecting their rights.
“Child protection is everyone’s business and as a society we must act decisively against those who seek to destroy our children because they are our future.”
Thusi commended the police for conducting a thorough investigation.
“We must commend the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit of the SAPS for conducting a thorough investigation because without their hard work, Shange may have walked out of court a free man, but instead he is in jail where he and others like him belong.”
Meanwhile, KZN Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said, “The ruthless and barbaric attack of children by criminals of Shange’s caliber will not be tolerated in our society and we welcome maximum sentence meted out by the court.”
“The sentence is preceded by intensive and diligent investigation by our adequately capable officers from eMpangeni FCS Unit.”