Hefty term for killer, rapist

The New Age (Free State) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - SIBONGISENI MAPHUMULO prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

PO­LICE man­age­ment have wel­comed the hefty sen­tence given to a Non­goma man ac­cused of the mur­der and rape of Ntombizethu Sime­lane, 24.

Mboniseni Dlamini, 32, was found guilty in the Non­goma Re­gional Court and sen­tenced for rap­ing and mur­der­ing Sime­lane at her home in the Ekubuseni on Jan­uary 1, 2017 at 4am.

Sime­lane was ap­proached by Dlamini fol­low­ing the New Year’s Day cel­e­bra­tions and an ar­gu­ment en­sued.

Po­lice spokesper­son Capt Nqo­bile Gwala said he then raped the vic­tim and stabbed her to death.

“Her throat was slit and she was found ly­ing in a pool of blood in the house,” she said.

A knife sub­mit­ted in ev­i­dence as the mur­der weapon was also found at the scene of the mur­der.

“Through hard work by the lo­cal de­tec­tives, the ac­cused was ar­rested and charged with mur­der and rape,” Gwala said.

The hefty sen­tence handed down to the ac­cused has been wel­comed by the act­ing provin­cial com­mis­sioner, Ma­jGen Bheki Langa, who con­demned the con­tin­ued at­tacks on women and chil­dren.

“The ac­cused showed no re­morse when at­tack­ing the vic­tim as she was bru­tally killed and raped,” Langa said.

“This will send a strong mes­sage to would-be crim­i­nals that the po­lice will not tol­er­ate those who abuse women and chil­dren.”

Mean­while, in a sep­a­rate case in the New­cas­tle Re­gional Court, Du­misani Pet­ros Mkhwanazi, 42, was sen­tenced to 15 years in prison for the mur­der of Sithole Sithole.

Sithole, 32, was fa­tally shot on Oc­to­ber 19, 2016 when he tried to pre­vent an in­ci­dent of road rage when a truck and ve­hi­cle col­lided on Fara­day Street in New­cas­tle.

Mkhwanazi was also de­clared un­fit to pos­sess a firearm.

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