King Williams Town men get life sentence plus 68 years for 2014 rape

NOVEMBER 11, 2016

King Williams Town police on Friday welcomed the lengthy sentences handed to two local men, aged 24 and 30 years old, after they were convicted by the Bhisho High Court last week on a charge of rape dating back to 2014. The men were handed a life sentence plus a combined 68 years behind bars.

"The conviction follows after the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit members worked tirelessly in investigating the case and managed to apprehend the suspects," said police spokesperson, Capt Siphokazi Mawisa.  

"The suspects sexually assaulted a 35-year-old woman in Kuwait, Quzini Location, outside King Williams Town, in July 2014." 

She said the men were arrested and first appeared at Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court in August 2014.

"The investigating officer successfully oppose bail and they were remanded in custody.  The case was transferred to Zwelitsha Regional Court and they appeared several times in court and the case was transferred to Bhisho High Court in January 2016," described Capt Mawisa. 

On the 3rd of November 2016, they were found guilty, sentenced and convicted as follows: 

ACCUSED 1:   MZWANDILE GXOTHA (24 YRS)

COUNT 2 – 15 years imprisonment for robbery

COUNT 3 - 15 years imprisonment for robbery

COUNT 4 – 3 years imprisonment for housebreaking

ACCUSED 2:  GCOBANI NEKU (30 YRS)

COUNT 1 – Life imprisonment for Rape

COUNT 2 –15 years imprisonment for robbery

COUNT 3 –15 years imprisonment for robbery

COUNT 4 - 5 years imprisonment for housebreaking

The Commander for King Williams Town Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Zitulele Mahlambeni has welcomed the conviction and also praised Constable Nceba Mditshwa for a sterling work in investigating the case.  

 "A good conviction is the result of diligent work done by an investigating officer," he added.