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Life sentences for men who robbed and raped East London woman in her home

Jan 23, 2019
Life sentences for men who robbed and raped East London woman in her home

Acting Judge Amelia Da Silva of the Grahamstown High Court, sitting in East London, handed down hefty sentences to three men accused of burglary, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The three accused were Deon Mafongo (18 years old); Mbongeni Simka (21 years old); and Sive Ntshontshwana (21 years old).

"This follows an incident where these men broke into the victim's house while still sleeping in her house at Cambridge, East London, with her 10-year-old daughter in the early hours of 25 January 2017," said police spokesperson, Captain Mluleki Mbi.

"They demanded money and safe keys at knifepoint.

"They went on to demand her bank card and pin, one accused went to withdraw the money while others stayed behind and stood guard and they threatened to to kill her and her daughter if she had given them a wrong pin."

Life sentences for men who robbed an raped East London woman in her home

He said that the sentences were handed down as follows:

  • Mafongo: burglary - 12 month imprisonment, rape  life imprisonment and robbery with aggravating circumstances - 15 years imprisonment;
  • Simka: burglary 1 - 12 month imprisonment; rape - life imprisonment; and robbery with aggravating circumstances - 15 years imprisonment;
  • Ntshontshwana: burglary 1 - 12 month imprisonment; rape - 15 years imprisonment.

Reacting to this sentence, Mdantsane SAPS cluster commander, Major General Henry Vos, was particularly impressed with the tireless efforts and dedication of the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Sandile Tongo.

"This sentence should send a clear message that crimes against women will never be tolerated, we will act swiftly and harshly to anyone who commits these acts," he warned.

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