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Suspects undergo two life imprisonment for rape

Media Statement from Eastern Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service

The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit has welcomed the sentencing and conviction of Mzukisi Bonani (29) to two life imprisonment by Bhisho High Court on Thursday, 03 August 2017.

The conviction follows after the accused sexually assaulted a 98-year-old woman from Gobozana Location, Tamara outside King Williams Town. The incident occurred in June 2016 and two suspects entered the house and robbed the victim of her money and sexually assaulted her. They were arrested and appeared at Zwelitsha Magistrate Court in June 2016 and did not apply for bail. Both suspects were arrested.

Lusanda Songelwa (32) pleaded guilty and was sentenced in June 2017 to:

-Seventeen (17) years for rape

-Five years (5) for robbery  

-Three years (3) for housebreaking

The second suspect did not plead guilty. However, Mzukisi Bonani was also found guilty and he was sentenced to:

-Two (2) life imprisonment for rape

-Fifteen (15) years for robbery and

-Three (3) years for housebreaking

The FCS Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Zithulele Mahlambeni welcomed the sentence handed down to the suspect. He thanked the Investigating Officer’s dedication and thorough investigation that ensured justice prevails. This sends a strong message to all the perpetrators of crime and those who sexually assault people will be arrested and brought before Court.


Enquiries: Capt Siphokazi Mawisa:  071 366 1907