Rapists face the full wrath of the law

The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit within the province secured a total of six terms of life imprisonment which were meted out to those accused of rape, recently.

Investigators from the unit have been in and out of courts in the province, ensuring that those accused of sexually related offences be prosecuted and that their victims find closure.

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In the month of July, a total of 539 cases of rape, sexual assault, child neglect and kidnapping cases were received for investigation by the unit.

During the same period, 284 arrests were made as a result of investigations by the team. Accused who were on trial during the same period were sentenced to six terms of life imprisonment as well as a total of 431 years in prison.

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The accused cannot be named since their victims are children and are related to them. KwaZulu-Natal’s acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa congratulated the FCS units in the province for their perseverance.

”I am pleased with this news as it comes at a time when we are advocating against the culture of gender violence. I hope that this sends a clear message to those who abuse our women and children. We also wish to thank all role-players in the criminal justice system for their part in securing these convictions. We hope that those who have been arrested last month will face a similar fate soon,” he said.

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