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2023/07/20      |  Written By:  Colonel R Netshiunda   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 19 July 2023 – Intensive investigation by the Vryheid Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) has secured a life imprisonment sentence for Mduduzi Ndlovu, a 39-year-old former high school principal who was found guilty of raping a 15-year-old schoolboy. Ndlovu knew of his fate during a sentencing on Tuesday, 18 July 2023.

The court heard of how Ndlovu manipulated and violated the 15-year-old who trusted and believed in him as his teacher. Investigations proved that on one afternoon in 2018 the principal requested the boy to assist him in his office and inside the office the convicted rapist became aggressive and raped the victim. He threated to harm the boy if he told anyone about the incident. He also gave him money and stationery in exchange for his silence.

Ndlovu raped the victim on several occasions and he would sometimes fetch him from home and drove with him to his place of residence in Bhekuzulu area where he would rape him. In 2022, a church member noticed a strange behaviour from the boy and questioned him. The teenager broke his silence and a rape case was duly opened.

Ndlovu made several court appearances before he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and he was also declared unfit to possess a firearm. His name will also be engraved in the National Register for Sex Offenders.

On a separate matter, the Verulam Regional Court condemned Mhloli Ndlovu (31) to spend the rest of his life facing prison walls after he was found guilty of raping his 19-year-old niece. On the night of 23 July 2022, Ndlovu took the victim to Nodwengu area where he raped her. He also drove to Mahlabathini where he continued raping her. On both occasions he raped the victim inside his vehicle. His life imprisonment sentenced was handed down on 10 July 2023.

Another rapist, Mhlengi Mazibuko, 34, was sentenced to a life imprisonment term by the Madadeni Regional Court, also for raping his 15-year-old niece. On the evening of 12 September 2020, Mhlengi lured the victim to his bedroom at Section D in Madadeni where he raped her. The matter was reported to the police and shrewd investigation by the FCS investigators proved the rape case beyond any reasonable doubts and Mhlengi was handed the ultimate prison sentence on 7 July 2023.