Yesterday, the Esikhawini Regional Court convicted and sentenced Simphiwe Mdletshe (27) to an effective fifteen years in prison for raping a 19-year-old girl. On 24 October 2014, Mdletshe forcefully took the victim to the nearest bushes, assaulted and raped her while threatening her with a bush knife.
A case was opened at the Esikhaleni police station and was transferred to the Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for investigation. Mdletshe was arrested and charged for rape and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. His conviction came after an intensive investigation by a dedicated Empangeni FCS detective who worked tirelessly to apprehend and send him to prison. Mdletshe was sentenced to 15 years for rape and 3 years for assault.
The KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the conviction. “We are very clear and direct about bringing all criminals to book and this should serve as a warning to would-be sexual predators that justice will take its course,” she said.
Source : South African Police Service