JeVanne Gibbs
1 minute read
5 Jun 2014
6:00 am

Lengthy terms for child rapists

JeVanne Gibbs

With Child Protection Week in full swing, two rapists of minors have been removed from society after being convicted and sentenced this week.

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In the first case, Samuel Bonga Sibiya, 47, was convicted and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for raping an eight-year-old girl in the Esikhawini area in KwaZulu-Natal in May last year.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a case of rape had been opened at the Esikhawini police station following allegations of rape, which were investigated by the Empangeni family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit.

The Esikhawini Regional Court this week sentenced Babayi Douglas Ndlovu, 29, to 15 years imprisonment for raping a three-year-old girl in the Obanjeni Mtunzini area.

Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said. “This will send a strong message to would-be rapists.”

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu called on members of his executive council and all elected public representatives to publicly take a stand against rape and all forms of sexual abuse against women and children.

“It is my view that leaders of government at all levels are not vocal enough in fighting rape. And to a large extent, elected leaders are not providing strong leadership when it comes to eradicating this problem from our society,” said Mchunu.

He said the social development department should develop a plan to assist government with the profiling of all rape cases in the province into a list which should be available for all to see and scrutinise.

Justice and constitutional development department national registrar for sexual offenders Ntombizodwa Matjila said a national database for sex offenders was implemented in 2009.

“The database contains the particulars of persons convicted of any sexual offence against a child or a person who is mentally disabled,” said Matjila.

“The database is not accessible to the public, as only employers and relevant authorities are entitled to apply for a clearance certificate to have access to the information contained in the national register.”