Six rapists given life sentences

FAMILY Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units in KwaZulu-Natal last month secured a total of six terms of life imprisonment for those accused of rape.

From 1 to 31 July, a total of 539 cases of rape, sexual assault, child neglect and kidnapping cases were received for investigation by the unit. During the same period, 284 arrests were made as a result of investigations by the team.

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KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa, congratulated the units in the province for their perseverance in putting rapists behind bars where they belong.

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”I am pleased with this news as it comes at a time when we are advocating against the culture of gender violence. I hope that this sends a clear message to those who abuse our women and children. We also wish to thank all roleplayers in the criminal justice system for their part in securing these convictions,” he said.

 

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Lauren Walford
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