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Lengthy sentences for Ugie men who robbed and brutally raped pregnant woman

Oct 3, 2018
Lengthy sentences for Ugie men who robbed and brutally raped pregnant woman

A female Detective Constable based at Ugie has been commended for her determination to seek justice for a 25-year-old woman, who was robbed and then brutally raped by two men, despite her being pregnant. 

"On the 1 July 2017, the victim was walking alone at midnight at Bhekela location, in the Ugie area, with the idea to go and drop the house key to her brother, who was staying at Bhekela," described police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Moitheri Bojabotseha.

"On her way back from her brother's place, she met with two unknown African males.

"They approached her and robbed her of her belongings and instructed her to accompany them to a certain house, also situated in Bhekela area whereby they repeatedly raped her whilsr she was five months pregnant.

"Her pleading that they let her go fell on deaf ears and they continued with their cruel deed and fled the scene."

Rape reported to Ugie police

W/O Bojabotseha said that the following day a case of rape was registered at Ugie SAPS for further handling.

Subsequently, a case docket was meticulously investigated by D/Cst Masizana.

"Within a few days, both suspects -  Luvo Gebenga and Abongile Hlahla, were arrested and they were further linked to the rape through DNA analysis," she described.

"On the 28th of September, the case was tried at the Grahamstown High Court.

"Both accused persons were found guilty as charged."

W/O Bojabotseha said that the two were sentenced as follows:

  • Accused number 1 - Luvo Gebenga, five years for house breaking;  and 23 years imprisonment for rape; 
  • Accused number 2 - Abongile Hlahla, five year for house breaking and life imprisonment for rape.

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, commended the meticulous and professional investigation by the young female "lioness", who worked closely with the NPA to secure the lengthy prison sentences.

"This sentence is the outcome of the SAPS unwavering commitment in the fight against crimes against women and children and the hard work of the investigating officer who portrays the high discipline of the organisation," she said.

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