RAPE ACCUSED SLAPPED WITH 25 YEAR JAIL TERM
By: Talent Buthelezi
A 40-year-old man was found guilty of rape and was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the Esikhawini Regional Court on Tuesday.
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni said, “This is a fitting sentence for those who attack and rape vulnerable women and children and will serve as a warning to those intending to commit similar offences and hope to evade the long arm of the law.”
During the trial, the court heard that Kwazi Bonginkosi assaulted and raped the victim when her grandmother sent her on an errand in 2012.
The victim’s nine year old sister witnessed the incident and reported the rape to their grandmother.
A case of rape was opened at Esikhawini SAPS and the docket was transferred to the Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for investigation.
Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said, “At his first court appearance, Bongikosi was denied bail due to the evidence presented by the investigating officer.”
South Africa has the highest rates of rape reported to the police anywhere in the world. In 2012, the number of rape cases recorded by the police rose to more than 60 000, which is equal to more than 170 cases per day.
According to a 2010 study by the Medical Research Council, more than 25% of a sample of more than 1 700 South African men from KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape admitted to raping someone when anonymously questioned. Of these, more than half said they had raped more than one person.
SAPS statistics suggest that someone is raped every 35 seconds. According to the National Institution of Crime Prevention, only one in 20 rape cases are reported to the police.
Ngobeni said, “We encourage our children not to be intimidated by these criminals and report he crimes to police.”