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Rapist handed two life terms for robbing and raping 98-year-old woman

Aug 4, 2017
Rapist handed two life terms for robbing and raping 98-year-old woman

The Eastern Cape SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit on Friday welcomed the conviction and sentencing of 29-years-old Mzukisi Bonani to two life imprisonment by the Bhisho High Court on Thursday.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Siphokazi Mawisa, the conviction follows after Bonani was arrested by police officers for sexually assaulted a 98-year-old woman from Gobozana Location, Tamara outside King Williams Town.

"The incident occurred in June 2016 when two suspects entered the house and robbed the victim of her money and sexually assaulted her," she said.

"They were arrested and appeared at the Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court in June 2016 and did not apply for bail.

"Both suspects were arrested and the other one, Lusanda Songelwa (32), pleaded guilty and was sentenced in June 2017 to 17 years for rape, five years for robbery and three years for housebreaking."

Captain Mawisa said that Bonani, however, did not plead guilty and his case continued at Bhisho High Court.

On Thursday, he was sentenced to two life imprisonment for rape, 15 years for robbery and three years for housebreaking.

The FCS Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Zithulele Mahlambeni, welcomed the sentence handed down to the suspect.

He thanked the investigating officer’s dedication and thorough investigation that ensured justice prevailed.

"This sends a strong message to all the perpetrators of crime and those who sexually assault people will be arrested and brought before court."