Bay rapist gets 15 years

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

THE Richards Bay Re­gional Court ear­lier this week sen­tenced a con­victed rapist to 15 years be­hind bars for rape and at­tempted mur­der.

In March last year, Nku­l­uleko Mdakane (21) re­port­edly ap­proached his 28-yearold vic­tim who was walk­ing to her home in Birdswood af­ter buy­ing air­time at a nearby tuck­shop.

Mdakane emerged from the bushes and threat­ened the woman with a knife, de­mand­ing money and her cell phone.

Af­ter the woman said she did not have any­thing to give him, Mdakane stabbed her and threat­ened to kill her, be­fore rap­ing her.

The vic­tim was able to flee and came across a man who took her to the po­lice sta­tion.

A case of rape was opened and the docket trans­ferred to Em­pan­geni Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences (FCS) Unit.

An in­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to the ac­cused be­ing ap­pre­hended.

Mdakane made sev­eral prior court ap­pear­ances, and was found guilty and sen­tenced to a to­tal of 15 years im­pris­on­ment.

He was sen­tenced to ten years for rape and five years for at­tempted mur­der. The sen­tences will not run con­cur­rently. KZN Act­ing Pro­vin­cial Com­mis­sioner, Ma­jor Gen­eral Bheki Langa com­mended Richards Bay de­tec­tives for their ex­cel­lent in­ves­ti­ga­tion that led to the con­vic­tion.

‘We don’t have any space for rapists in our com­mu­ni­ties and we will make sure that those who are ter­ror­is­ing our women and chil­dren are brought to book.

‘Women and chil­dren must break the si­lence and re­port any abuse to their near­est po­lice sta­tions.’

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