Two men were sentenced for rape in the Ezakheni Regional Court last week. The incidents took place in the Ezakheni area during December 2015 and April 2016. In the December 2015 case, the accused aged 59 repeatedly raped his 11-year-old granddaughter. The grandfather was raping the child in the garage when the grandmother walked in. The matter was reported to the police and the grandfather was arrested. He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm and his name will be entered into the National Register for Sexual Offenders.
In a separate incident, Mmeli Shabalala (20) was caught raping a nine-year-old girl. The girl’s sister walked into their home and saw the incident after which she immediately reported it to their mother. Shabalala will also spend 20 years in prison. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm and his name will be entered in the National Register for Sexual Offenders. Both case dockets were investigated by Ladysmith Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.
“We hope that this sentence will send a stern warning to other rapists who intend to exploit those that are vulnerable in the society,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Langa.