Umsunduzi – A 32-year-old traditional healer will spend 18 years behind bars for raping a nine-year-old victim. The accused was sentenced by the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court recently after it heard how the accused raped the victim. On 21 September 2014 two children aged 9 and 12 from the local family at Esidadeni area in Umsunduzi went to the accused residence for consultation. The accused had told the parents of the victim that he would prepare medication to prevent evil spirits for their children. It is alleged that when the children arrived at his house he sent the boy child to buy beers at a local tavern. Whilst the brother of the victim was on the way to the tavern, the accused called the victim to his house when he raped her. The accused threatened the victim not to tell anyone.
The victim informed her mother about the rape and a case of rape was opened at Umsunduzi police station for investigation. Pinetown Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences Unit took over the docket and the accused was arrested and charged with rape. The accused was denied bail and he made several appearances in court before he was convicted and sentenced.
In another case, on 5 September 2017, Minenhle Mlondi Duma (21) from Ophuthwini area at Inchanga was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by the Camper down Regional Court. It is alleged that on 3 April 2015, a 30-year-old victim was on her way to work at approximately 05:30 in the morning at Inchanga when she was followed by the accused who was standing at the bus stop. The accused allegedly threatened the victim with a knife and forced her into a nearby cemetery where he raped her.
The victim was also stabbed in the head allegedly by the accused. The victim screamed for help and the accused ran away. The victim was rushed to the clinic for medical treatment and a case of rape was later registered at Inchanga police station for investigation. Pinetown Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences Unit took over the docket and began their investigation. Within three days of the incident, the accused was arrested and charged for rape. He appeared in court and was denied bail until he was convicted and sentenced.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa applauded the Pinetown FCS members for securing the sentence. “I also encouraged the victims to report such crimes to the police so that the culprits will be arrested and prosecuted,” he said.