6 rapists to spend life in prison

Family Violence, Child Protection & Sexual Offences (FCS) Units in KwaZulu-Natal have secured a total of six life sentences, which were meted out to those accused of rape last month.

FCS investigators have been in and out of courts in the province, making sure those accused of sexually-related offences are prosecuted and that their victims find closure.

From July 1 to 31, a total of 539 cases of rape, sexual assault, child neglect and kidnapping were received for investigation by FCS units. During the same period, 284 arrests were made as a result of investigations by the team.

The six accused who were on trial were each sentenced to life imprisonment, as well as a total of 431 years in prison.

Also read: 53-year-old rapist sentenced to life imprisonment

The life sentences were as a result of rapes that took place in Mariannhill, KwaMakhutha, Newcastle, Osizweni, Bishopstowe and Wartburg.

The accused cannot be named since their victims are children and related to them.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa, congratulated the FCS units in the province for their perseverance in putting rapists behind bars where they belong.

”I am pleased with this news, as it comes at a time when we are advocating against a culture of gender violence. I hope this sends a clear message to those who abuse our women and children.

“We also wish to thank all role players in the criminal justice system for their part in securing these convictions. We hope that those who have been arrested last month will face a similar fate soon,” he said.

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Nameera Sarjoo

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