Rapist of stu­dent will serve life sen­tence

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

A YOUNG univer­sity stu­dent who was bru­tally raped in the bushes af­ter a get-to­gether with friends, will fi­nally get some clo­sure af­ter the cul­prit was found guilty and sen­tenced on Thurs­day.

Her rapist, Sfundo Dube (29) was found guilty of sex­ual as­sault and sen­tenced at Em­pan­geni Re­gional Mag­is­trate’s Court to life in prison.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, on 26 Fe­bru­ary last year, the 23-year-old vic­tim was hav­ing drinks with her friends in eSikhaleni when the man of­fered them a lift to cam­pus.

It was re­ported the or­deal started when the vic­tim and her friends ar­gued with Dube for tak­ing an­other road to Em­pan­geni.

Fol­low­ing the ar­gu­ment, it was said Dube dropped off the other girls on the way, but not the vic­tim.

Dur­ing court pro­ceed­ings, the vic­tim in­formed the court Dube took the road to Iniwe and en­tered the bushes where he parked his ve­hi­cle and as­saulted her.

She said she tried to es­cape his clutches but he over­pow­ered her and re­peat­edly raped her in­side his car.

A com­mu­nity mem­ber walk­ing past no­ticed the ve­hi­cle sus­pi­ciously parked in­side the bushes and re­ported it to the po­lice.

When Dube saw the po­lice he fled the scene.

A case of rape was then re­ported at Em­pan­geni SAPS and trans­ferred to Em­pan­geni FCS.

Dube was ar­rested the fol­low­ing day and made sev­eral court ap­pear­ances un­til his sen­tenc­ing.

KZN Act­ing Pro­vin­cial Com­mis­sioner, Ma­jor Gen­eral Bheki Langa praised the FCS mem­bers for the sen­tence

‘We wel­come the sen­tence handed over to the ac­cused and hope it will send a clear mes­sage to oth­ers out there who think of com­mit­ting such act in the fu­ture. It’s very dis­heart­en­ing that women can no longer trust men within our com­mu­nity and we plead with ev­ery­one to work with the po­lice to fight crime and pro­tect women and chil­dren.

‘We en­cour­age ev­ery man out there to be a pro­tec­tor in­stead of be­ing a per­pe­tra­tor,’ he said.

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