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2021/06/01      |  Written By:  Captain PZ Mpinge   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

On 6 October 2018 a sixty-nine year old woman was alone at home at Oshabeni in Mehlomnyama policing area when two men entered the house. Their sole purpose was to rape the defenseless woman. Both men raped her while choking her into submission. They left the house without taking any property.

Police quickly followed up on intelligence after the victim provided vital information about her attackers.  Two men aged 45 and 56 years of age were arrested shortly thereafter and the investigating officer strongly opposed bail. The pair remained in police custody throughout their trial and were sentenced in the Port Shepstone magistrate’s Court on 19 April 2021.  

Zithani Lushaba and Jabula Cele of Ntengela location in Mehlomnyama were both sentenced to life imprisonment for rape.   The investigating officer, Sergeant Sifiso Gigaba of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) in Port Shepstone was the investigating officer in the case.

UGU District Commissioner, Major General Sethenya Nxamagele congratulated the investigating officer for his meticulous investigation and securing this outstanding conviction.

Sergeant Sifiso Gigaba of the Family Violence