Police in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday welcomed the lengthy sentences handed to two child rapists in the Eshowe Regional Court.
The rapists were sent for prosecution by the Eshowe family violence, child protection, and sexual offences unit (FCS) detectives “after they vowed to solve the cases and bring [the] perpetrators to book”, Captain Nqobile Gwala said.
John Jabulani Mthethwa, 54, was sentenced on Friday to 25 years in jail for raping an 11-year-old girl at her home in the KwaNyembe area in February 2012.
Mthethwa was asked by the girl’s grandmother to fetch a wheelbarrow for her at her home.
“Mthethwa found the victim [at home] and instead of doing what he was sent for, he forcefully raped her and was caught by the neighbour who heard the child’s screams. Mthethwa was assaulted by the neighbour and he fled on foot,” Gwala said.
A case of rape was opened at the Mbongolwane police station. A year later, Mthethwa was arrested by the investigating officer and kept in custody throughout his trial.
In the second case, Ayanda Simphiwe Ngobese, 22, was also sentenced on Friday to 20 years’ imprisonment for raping a 16-year-old girl in the Hensane area near Gingindlovu on October 28, 2013.
The girl was raped by Ngobese when she was alone while her grandmother was at church. The victim reported the crime and a case was opened at the Gingindlovu police station. Ngobese was immediately arrested and charged with rape, Gwala said.
KwaZulu-Natal acting police commissioner Maj-Gen Bhekinkosi Langa lauded the perseverance of the Eshowe FCS investigating officers who ensured that rapists who preyed on vulnerable women were put behind bars.
– African News Agency (ANA)