15-year jail sentences for brazen Port Elizabeth rapists

FEBRUARY 10, 2016

The Mount Road SAPS Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit on Wednesday said that it succeeded in securing convictions and 15-year sentences for two rapists this week in two unrelated incidents. The convictions were after thorough investigations by the unit's Cst Timothy Minyayo and Sgt Lindile Bobbie.

"Cst Timothy Minyayo was the investigating officer in a rape, assault and robbery case," said police spokesperson, Capt. Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

According to her, the case related to an incident on the 7th March 2014 when a 30 year-old woman was walking around 10th and 11th Avenue Walmer, in Port Elizabeth, on her way to work when she was assaulted with a spade and dragged into the bushes where she was raped and robbed of her belongings. 

"Almost two weeks later, the victim noticed the suspect in the same vicinity and alerted the police," said Cpt van Rensburg.

"The 18 year-old suspect, Asanda Mayo, was arrested and he remained in custody for the duration of the trial. 

"During November 2015, the suspect was found guilty on four charges, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and possession of dangerous weapon."

The suspect was sentenced at the New Law Courts Regional  on Tuesday as follows:

  • Count 1:         Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm   - One year imprisonment
  • Count 2:         Rape                                                                          - 10 years Imprisonment
  • Count 3:         Robbery with aggravating circumstances           - 15 years Imprisonment
  • Coutn 4:         Possession of dangerous weapon                       - One year imprisonment,
  • Count 1 and 4 and half of the sentence of count 3 will be served concurrently with the sentence of count 2.

"In an unrelated incident, during August 2013, the mother of a 15 year-old girl realised her daughter was pregnant," said Cpt van Rensburg.

"When she enquired from the girl regarding the father of the baby, she was informed that she was raped during the month of July 2013 when she was looking for her sister in the Booysen Park area, Bethelsdorp, during the evening."

Apprently, the victim was approached by the suspect and he said he would help her look for her sister, but the suspect then took her to his house where he raped her.

"A case of rape was only opened after the mother learned about the pregnancy of her daughter.

"The suspect was arrested the following day but was released on bail," said Cpt van Rensburg.

"During October 2015, he failed to appear in court and a warrant of arrest was issued. The suspect was re-arrested and remained in custody.

On Monday, the 25 year old suspect, Songezeo NDwayi, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges of rape.

"Crimes against women and children is seen in a serious light and if criminals is being convicted we are making Port Elizabeth a safer place.  The Commander of the unit Maj Sanet Winter congratulated both the members in securing  a sentenced of 15 years imprisonment," Cpt van Rensburg said.