JeVanne Gibbs
1 minute read
17 Sep 2014
4:36 pm

KZN rapists removed from society

JeVanne Gibbs

KwaZulu-Natal continues to experience success in the removal of rapists from society, with a number of convictions handed to perpetrators.

FILE PIC: A rape hot spot warning sign. Picture: Neil McCartney

The latest convictions included those of Siyabonga Ngcobo, 35, and Pholani Mzwenhlanhla Vezi, 31, who received life imprisonment sentences for rape in the Ixopo Regional Court this week.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said a 40-year-old victim had been hauled from her sister’s home in in Springvale in the Phumobala Ward and dragged her to Ngcobo’s residence, where they raped her.

Naicker added that the victim had also been assaulted during the incident in November last year.

“In a separate case, the same court handed down a sentence of 17 years to Mkhanyisi Jeffery Shabalala, 31, for raping a 17-year-old boy in the Plain Hill area in Ixopo,” said Naicker.

“The teenager was asleep on the evening of 9 August this year when Shabalala entered the boy’s room through a window and sexually violated him.”

Another case involved the conviction of Thembani Paulos Maratu Xaba, 34, from Highflats in KZN last week.

Xaba was sentenced to five years imprisonment for a kidnapping charge; and received a life sentence for the rape of a nine-year-old girl in Nkambeni Ward in Hibberdene last year.

His sentences are to run concurrently.

Xaba was declared unfit to possess a firearm by the Scottburgh Regional Court, while his name has been added in the register for sexual offenders.

KZN police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the convictions and sentences aimed to warn would-be offenders that they would meet the same fates as the convicted rapists.

“The efforts of the SAPS members have restored the community’s faith that such monsters will not get away with their evil deeds,” said Ngobeni.

“We hope that the sentences will deter others who have intentions to take advantage of our vulnerable members of society.”