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Man convicted for raping prison inmate

KWAZULU-NATAL: A 39-year-old man was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in the Empangeni Regional Court for raping his 24-year-old prison inmate, recently.

Provincial police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele said that in May 2017, Sibusiso Thokozani was inside his prison cell when he left, entered the victim’s cell and threatened to stab him with a sharpened toothbrush. He the raped the inmate and left the terrified victim inside his cell.

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“The victim reported the incident to a prison warder and the Empangeni police were alerted of the rape. A case was soon opened,” she explained. The docket was then transferred to Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.

“The accused was immediately charged and taken to court. He was then trialed and successfully prosecuted,” she added. Police reports stated that this proves that there is justice in this country to anyone who has been a victim of crime regardless of who they are.

“The sentence will send a message to others who think that they can get away with crime, committed while in custody,” a police report indicated.


Accused jailed for killing brother’s wife

LIMPOPO: The provincial commissioner, Lt Gen Nneke Ledwaba has welcomed a life sentence meted out to a man, who was involved in the murder of his brother’s wife. Daniel Zambukeri (33) received his sentence at the Limpopo High Court.

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Police reports pointed out that he was found guilty for his ‘starring role’ in the brutal murder of Hlayisani Preshia Hlongwani (26).

Lt Gen Ledwaba praised the respective detectives for securing a hefty sentence in this regard. “All those who engage in any form of criminal activities, especially crime against women, will be dealt with mercilessly and without compromise,” added Lt Gen Ledwaba.


Eight illegal miners arrested in Kimberley

KIMBERLEY: Police recently arrested eight illegal miners in connection with public violence. The arrests are a sequel of an eviction order by the court of illegal miners at Green Point, Samaria and Kenilworth. It is believed that one miner was shot in the hand by mine security at Green Point following an altercation.

In Samaria, a group of about 300 illegal miners blocked off the R64 along Boshoff Road and pelted police officers with stones.

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Police officers used rubber bullets to disperse the illegal miners. One person was shot with a rubber bullet and was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Police are still monitoring the situation at the above-mentioned areas and have confirmed that the arrested suspects will appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court soon, pending further police investigations.


 

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Elaine Naidoo
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