THE Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Units in KwaZulu-Natal has secured a number of convictions for crimes directed at women and children during the month of October.
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According to Col Thembeka Mbhele from provincial SAPS, teams of investigators from the FCS units secured 50 convictions during the same period while other cases remain under investigation. A total of 447 suspects were arrested and 50 convictions secured in one month.
“A total of nine accused were sentenced to life imprisonment while the others were sentenced to a total of 495 years in prison. These suspects were arrested for various crimes such as rape, sexual assault, child abandonment and robbery,” said Mbhele.
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KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended members of the FCS Units for securing such convictions. “During the Festive Season we will be focusing more intensely on crimes against women and children. Those that cause harm to our women and children must be prepared to spend the festive sSeason behind bars,” he said.
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