Teenagers bribed to re­main silent af­ter re­peated rapes

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

AN EM­PAN­GENI man bribed a 13-yearold girl with money to keep her quiet af­ter he re­peat­edly raped her while she was un­der his care.

But she even­tu­ally told her par­ents and Zen­zele Meyiwa (50) was con­victed and sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment at the Em­pan­geni Re­gional Court on Fri­day.

The rapes oc­curred three years ago in De­cem­ber 2015.

Meyiwa re­port­edly ap­proached the vic­tim’s par­ents with a re­quest that the girl stay with him and his wife as they had no chil­dren.

The par­ents agreed and she moved in with Meyiwa at his home in the Mkhanangwe area near Em­pan­geni.

Dur­ing trial the court heard that Meyiwa re­peat­edly raped the mi­nor while his wife was not at home.

He would then give her money to keep her quiet.

The girl re­ported the mat­ter to her par­ents when she re­turned home to visit.

Meyiwa was ar­rested af­ter a case was opened at the Em­pan­geni Po­lice Sta­tion and trans­ferred to the Em­pan­geni Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences (FCS) Unit for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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