A 51-year-old Skhosiphi Shange from Kwahlaza at Empangeni has been convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for rape by the Empangeni Regional Court yesterday, 2 June 2014. The accused was convicted after the court heard how he raped the victim who was 14 years old at the time of an incident in 2012.
During 2012 the victim was at home when she was called by the accused to go with him to a nearby shop. While walking to the shop, the accused forced the victim to a nearby bush where she was raped. The accused gave her R20 and told her not to tell anyone. This was done several times where the accused would raped the victim and gave her R20 cash. Her mother noticed that she was not doing well at school and she made enquiries at school. The victim told the teachers and her mother that she was raped repeatedly by the accused. A case of rape was opened at Empangeni police station and the docket was taken over by Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation. Through an intensive investigation, the accused was arrested and charged with rape. He appeared in court several times until he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the Empangeni Regional Court.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the conviction and sentence of Skhosiphi Shange. “ The ruthless and barbaric attack of children by criminals of Shange’s caliber will not be tolerated in our society and we welcome maximum sentence meted out by the court. The sentence is preceded by intensive and diligent investigation by our adequately capable officers from Empangeni FCS Unit,’ concluded Lieutenant General Ngobeni. – SA Police Media Centre, Kwazulu-Natal