Umlazi investigators lauded for securing rape convictions

Brig Bongi Ntuli (Umlazi station commander), Col Anita Naryan (head of EOS cluster detectives), Lt Col Ntombifuthi Mkwanazi (head of Umlazi FCS) and W/O Sfiso Mngonyama.

Just days after thousands of women took to the streets of Durban in the #Totalshutdown campaign to stop gender-based violence, two investigators from the Umlazi Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences were honoured with certificates of excellence for securing life convictions in two rape cases.

W/O Sfiso Mngonyama, a seasoned investigator working for Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences for over 12 years, was able to secure a double life sentence for a rape case.

His thorough investigation skills, collection of evidence and presenting such evidence in court secured him, not only for this case but a number of life sentences for other cases. W/O Mngonyama is an asset to Umlazi and eThekwini Outer South police stations when investigating child abuse, rape and sexual offences.

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In the rape case of W/O Mngonyama, the accused raped three separate victims, aged between 15 and 22, during 2015 and 2016. He was arrested and charged for three separate cases of rape and kidnapping.

W/O Mngonyama secured two life imprisonment sentences for the two rape counts and 10 years imprisonment for the third rape charge.

The accused also received four years imprisonment for the kidnappings of two of the victims and another two years imprisonment for the other victim’s kidnapping.

The accused received two life term imprisonment and an additional 20 years imprisonment. W/O Mngonyama worked tirelessly to ensure that a hefty sentence was given to the accused.

Cnst Vuyolwethu Mahlikihla, who also worked at Umlazi FCS, worked on a Kwamakhuta case whereby the victim, aged 10, in 2010 was continuously raped by her stepfather until 2016.

Due to the excellent collection of evidence and presentation in court, the accused was sentenced to a life sentence imprisonment.

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Umlazi FCS Commander, Lt Col Ntombifuthi Mkhwanazi, said, “I am proud of the professional commitment by W/O Mngonyama and Cnst Mahlikihla at Umlazi FCS, who ensured that the accused in their rape cases were put behind bars for life. Their hard work is making a difference in the community.”

Head of investigations of the eThekwini Outer South cluster, Col Anita Naryan said, “Recognition must be given to both officers for excellent investigation practices that secured the maximum sentences in the cases they investigated on rape. I applaud their commitment to the victims and to ensure that justice was served on their behalf.”

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