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Law catches up with two King Williams Town rapists

May 26, 2018
Law catches up with two King Williams Town rapists

Police in King Williams Town have welcomed the sentencing of two convicted rapists, who preyed on teenagers.

24-year-old Zenande Kwinisi was jailed for six years and 29-year-old Melikhaya Jacobs handed a 20-year prison sentence.

The conviction follows after the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit members worked tirelessly in investigating a case of rape and managed to apprehend the suspects.

"Zenande sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl  in Qantosi Location outside King Williams Town in January 2014," described police spokesperson, Captain Siphokazi Mawisa.

"After the incident, the suspect fled the area and never came back.

"Police later received information that the suspect has come back in November 2017."

He was immediately arrested and first appeared at Dimbaza Magistrate Court on 15 November 2017.

"The investigating officer successfully oppose bail and was remanded in custody.

"In March 2018, the case was transferred to Zwelitsha Regional Court and he appeared several times at the court," she said.

"On Tuesday,  he was sentenced six years imprisonment for rape and declared unfit to possess a firearm and to be placed on a sexual offence register."

In a separate incident, Jacobs sexually assaulted a 18-year-old female at Dimbaza Location outside King Williams Town in March 2017.

"He was immediately arrested and first appeared at the Dimbaza Magistrate Court," Captain Mawisa said.

"He was granted a R1 000 bail and appeared several times after the bail. 

"In September 2017, the case was transferred to Zwelitsha Regional Court and he appeared several times at the court."

On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for rape and was declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The Commander for King Williams Town Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, Lieutenant Colonel  Zitulele Mahlambeni, commended a sterling work done by these Investigating Officers that led to the sentencing and conviction of the accused. 

He said that the sentence will definitely send the message that the law will deal harshly with perpetrators of crime.