Bay rapist gets 15 years
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.’