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61-year-old Butterworth man handed three life terms for raping girls aged 7, 8 and 10

Oct 4, 2017
61-year-old Butterworth man handed three life terms for raping girls aged 7, 8 and 10

Justice was served in the Butterworth Regional Magistrate's Court on Tuesday which sentenced  a 61-year-old man, Mziwonke Mgubela, to three life terms after convicting him of raping three girls, aged  7, 8 and 10 years old in 2015.

The sentences will, however run concurrently.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, two of the victims were closely related to the accused.

"The victims were raped on the 10 April 2014 and 19 March 2015 at Mzantsi Location, Cegcuwana Village, Butterworth, during the day," described Captain Manatha.

"One of the victims broke the silence that she was raped by the accused and the other two victims also broke the silence about the rape.

"Three cases of rapes were registered at Butterworth Police Station. Butterworth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS), which traced and arrested the accused."

Eastern Cape police welcomed the sentence and it is hoped, believed that it will send a strong message to all the sexual violence perpetrators.

Eastern Cape Police Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, praised Butterworth FCS Unit for sterling job.

She said that crimes against women and children remain the priority of the Eastern Cape Police.

"All those who think they will attack women and children will be dealt by the law and our investigators will make sure they investigate their cases thoroughly," said Lt Gen Ntshinga.