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Uitenhage police secure sentences against rapists

Jul 30, 2018
Uitenhage police secure sentences against rapists

Child abuse, rape, sexual and domestic violence are among the most destructive experiences affecting women and the occurrence of such violent crime takes an huge toll on the life of a victim. 

Thorough investigations by a team of dedicated investigating officers attached to the Uitenhage Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit in collaboration with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), proved to be effective during July 2018, when perpetrators were sentenced effectively on three different rape cases in the Uitenhage Cluster.

"On Tuesday last week, Thamsanqa Daba, 30-years-old,  was sentenced to 10-years imprisonment for the rape of a 54-year-old victim," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"The complainant was asleep in her home in the Kamesh area at 02:15 on 1 July 2015, when she was woken up by the accused who held a knife against her neck and demanded money. 

"The accused took a Sassa card and he then raped her."

Capt Swart said that the victim gave an excellent description of the accused and he was arrested on 14 September 2015.

"The accused was sentenced by the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court."

In another case, Mziyanda Qengqani, 25-years-old, was sentenced to eight-years imprisonment on Monday, 16 July 2018, for the rape of an 18-year-old female on 2 January 2017, at about 18:30, in Kwanobuhle. 

"The accused entered the home of the complainant, who was alone at home at the time, and raped her.  Qengqani was arrested the same evening and detained on the charge of rape.  The accused was also sentenced by the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court."

Meanwhile, Vusani Nkosana, 29-years-old was sentenced to 10-years imprisonment on Friday, 6 July 2018 for the rape of a 22-year-old victim on 4 January 2014 at 02:00. 

"The complainant was walking home when she was raped by the accused at the dumping site in Moses Mabida, Kirkwood.  The accused was arrested on 9 January 2014 and effectively sentenced by the Kirkwood Magistrate’s Court," Capt Swart said.

The acting Uitenhage Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll, welcomed the sentences and commended the team for their comprehensive work, which led to the convictions and effective sentencing by the Uitenhage and Kirkwood Magistrate’s Courts.