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Port Elizabeth man handed life sentence for kidnapping and raping boy

Sep 22, 2017
Port Elizabeth man handed life sentence for kidnapping and raping boy

The Port Elizabeth Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) has welcomed the harsh sentences handed down to convicted rapists by the Port Elizabeth High Court and the Port Elizabeth Regional Court.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, 24-year-old Mbuda Fani was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and 5 years for kidnapping by the Port Elizabeth High Court.

"On 27 August 2016, the victim, a 10-year-old boy was on his way home in Kuyga, Kabega Park, in Port Elizabeth, when a vehicle stopped next to him," she described.

"Two men got out and forced the child into the car. He was taken to nearby bushes where he was raped and left there.

"A case was opened the following day and on the 30 August 2016, Fani was arrested.

"He remained in custody until the finalisation of the case. The kidnapping sentence will run concurrent to the rape sentence."

The investigating officer W/O Sonwabo Tell was elated with the sentencing. 

Also on Thusrday, in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court, Kwanele Lamani (24) was sentenced to 15 years and 6 years imprisonment respectively for a case of rape and attempted rape which he committed on the same day on two different victims.

"On 6 October 2015, at about 19:00, the victim (15 years at the time of the offence) was walking in Walmer Location, Port Elizabeth, when the accused dragged her to his house.

"The teenager managed to escape by was cornered and taken back to the house and threatened at knife point," Col Naidu said.

"The teenager was rescued by her friend managed to run away. A case of attempted rape was opened."

She said that during the same evening, at about 21:30, Lamani found his second victim (16 years at the time of the offence).

"The teenager was also walking in Walmer Location when Lamani threatened her with a knife and took her to his house where he raped her. A case of rape was opened.

"The following day, the investigating officer, D/Sgt Thabang Shilajoe from the Mount Road FCS Unit arrested the suspect," Col Naidu described. 

"On 17 Agust 2017, he was found guilty of attempted rape and rape leading to his sentencing on Thursday."

Col Naidu said that on the 23rd of August, a 35-year-old accused was also sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for raping a 52-year-old woman in December 2016 in Kabega Park, Port Elizabeth.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Funeka Siganga has commended the FCS unit for the thorough investigations.

"We commend our FCS Unit and our justice system for their sterling efforts in bringing these perpetrators to book. The FCS is a specialist environment established to deal with gender based violent crimes including sexual offences and to  protect the rights and dignity of victims of abuse by ensuring that these crimes are thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators face the full brunt of the law," added Maj Gen Siganga.