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A police officer is seen together with a suspect who was arrested for rape, sexual assault and possession of a firearm without a license and ammunition in the Northern Cape, recently.

Father sentenced for raping, impregnating daughter

KwaZulu-Natal: A 45-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Empangeni Regional Court, recently for raping and impregnating his 11-year-old daughter. Police reports indicated that on June 24, 2016, the child was at home when she began experiencing stomach cramps and informed her father, who took her to a local clinic. It was then discovered that she was pregnant. The victim told the nurse that she was raped by her father since she was eight-years-old. Her mother was never present during the heinous crime. Police further stated that the victim gave birth to the baby however, the baby had passed away. The case was then reported to the Empangeni SAPS and transferred to the local FCS unit for further investigation. The accused was soon after arrested and tried in court, where he was eventually found guilty. KZN’s acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa said, “We will continue to jail all sexual offenders. Crimes against women and children will always be treated as priority.”

Foreman arrested on various charges

Northern Cape: A 39-year-old man, who is believed to be a foreman on a farm near Hopetown, was arrested and charged with rape, sexual assault and possession of a firearm without a license and ammunition, recently. The suspect was arrested on June 1 on a farm which is situated about 40kms just outside Hopetown. According to official police reports, his arrest was effected after the Hopetown FCS Unit was alerted by about a 15-year-old being raped by a foreman on a local farm. Acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Koliswa Otola condemned the violent acts. The suspect has appeared in court, recently.

Durban of Education official nabbed for fraud and corruption

Limpopo: The Hawks Serious Corruption Unit arrested a 31-year-old suspect for fraud and corruption, recently. The suspect, alleged to be an official from Limpopo’s Department of Education, solicited a bribe from a complainant for a multimillion security tender. The complainant reported the matter to the Hawks who subsequently set a trap which led to his arrest upon receiving the bribe in Polokwane. The suspect appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday.


Elaine Naidoo
Digital editor

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