Convicted rapists begin serving sentences following sterling police investigations

Dedicated police officers: Lt Colonel Ellapen, Cnst Nkomo, Cnst Mzobe, Cnst Jingela, Maj General Chirwa, Cnst Sibiisi.

The Chatsworth SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units of the eThekwini Inner South cluster secured five convictions for crimes against women and children.

Det Cnst Jingela and Cnst Sibisi both secured 25 year convictions for rapes that had occurred in the Bottlebrush Informal Settlement and Marrianhill areas.

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Communications officer of the eThekwini Inner South cluster, Cpt Cheryl Pillay, said four others were convicted for rape with a total of 35 years in prison.

“The team of highly-skilled and seasoned investigators will continue to persevere in bringing those, who abuse women and children, to book,” she added.

Acting cluster commander of the eThekwini Inner South cluster, Maj Gen Mandelenkoi Chirwa, enthusiastically acknowledged the team, who displayed commitment, courage, integrity and honour in performing their duties.

“Those, called upon to serve in the SAPS, must honour the oath we have made to the people of South Africa. Police officers must do their best to render a quality service to the public,” he explained.

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He added that the establishment of the FSC unit at the cluster will ensure that cases are prioritised where survivors of such cruel acts are assisted immediately through the establishment of the Victim Friendly Facilities at the stations. 

“Women and children around the country are in danger of abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence either in their homes, in school or in the community. Police are appealing to society and faith-based organisations to lead in protecting our women and children. Let us teach our young men to respect women,” added Maj Gen Chirwa.

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Yoshini Perumal
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