Ntokozo Prosperity Hlatshwayo, 24, and Nkosingiphile Raphael Mvelase, 38, were each sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape and one year’s imprisonment for robbery.
Both accused were declared unfit to possess a firearm.
On July 31, 2013, at about 8pm, a 22-year-old woman was standing on Illing Road, in Ladysmith waiting for transport to take her to Steadville when Hlatshwayo and Mvelase men robbed her and then dragged her to a shack situated behind Illing Road, said police.
Members of the community allegedly saw the incident, but did nothing to help the woman. After the woman failed to arrive in Steadville, her boyfriend went to Illing Road looking for her, added police.
Upon making enquiries, he was told by people in the area they had seen her being dragged into nearby shacks, said police.
It is believed the boyfriend and a friend went in search of the woman, calling out her name. The woman heard her boyfriend calling and managed to shout out to him before the suspects could silence her, added police.
The boyfriend reportedly kicked opened the shack door and rescued her.
Police arrived, and the two were arrested and remained in custody until their recent conviction and sentencing.
Last Friday, a man was sentenced to 100 years in jail by the Durban High Court for several rapes and house robberies committed between 2008 and 2011.
“The accused was attacking the community by entering their houses and [raping] the victims. He further took items from the house before he fled the scene,” said Major Thulani Zwane.
– Caxton News Service