Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said: “Today the Verulam Magistrate’s Court convicted and sentenced a 49-year-old Phoenix women to an effective eighteen years imprisonment for raping her nephew.
“It’s alleged that the rapes took place during 2012 and 2013 when the victim was only 14-years-old,” Naicker said. “The victim’s mother became suspicious and when confronted by his mother he confessed to being raped by his aunt. A case was opened at Phoenix SAPS and subsequently handed over to the Phoenix Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit. Detectives were able to gather sufficient evidence to secure a successful conviction.”
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the Phoenix FCS Unit for the arrest of the suspect, saying: “It is extremely crucial that community members pay attention to small details relating to our children and if we are more observant we will be able to detect abuse in its early stages. It’s very unfortunate that as parents we cannot trust anyone when it comes to our children’s welfare.”