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Life sentence for child rapists

Mzwandile Nomevu (32) was arrested in Butterworth for raping a 22-year-old woman and while out on bail, he raped a five-year-old girl and attempted to rape another child. On Monday, September 23 he was given a life sentence, 18 years imprisonment for rape and 10 years for attempted rape.

Nomevu assisted his first victim when she had a quarrel with her boyfriend at iBika. He intervened and offered to accompany the woman home. He asked her if they could go past his house and forced himself on her.

He was granted bail in January 2016. While out, he raped a young girl who was playing with other children. He called the child promising to give her a cellphone and also attempted to rape another child. The cases were handled by the Butterworth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).

In another case, Norman Swartbooi (30) was given a life sentence at the Port Elizabeth high court for raping a six-year old girl in Kuyga in 2018. Swartbooi pounced on the young girl while she was walking the streets looking for her friends to play. He is known by the victim.

Swartbooi started a conversation with the girl about where she was going and offered to help her look for her friends. He asked her to wait outside a house under construction and returned saying they don’t want to play. He grabbed the child and took her into the house and raped her. He was caught by a neighbour.

The investigating officer, Detective Kelibone Mokhatla of the Port Elizabeth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) successfully opposed bail and Swartbooi remained in custody until his sentencing last week.

The family of the young girl made a special mention of Detective Mokhatla for her thorough and excellent investigation. They added that she was supportive during the trial.

Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Andries Swart urged communities to be alert and to always look out for our children. “Convictions like this demonstrates the power of forensic evidence. The scourge of violence against women, children and the vulnerable will not be tolerated and it is the responsibility of civil society and the police to root out these crimes,” he said.

The police remain concerned as all categories of crime have increased. Provincial Police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the country, the police and particularly women, remain challenged by Gender-Based Violence.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Cape crime statistics, released on Friday, show that rape and sexual offences have gone up by 7.1% and 10.6% respectively and attempted sexual offences have gone up by a whopping 22% in 2018/19.


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