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News: Rapist slapped with two life sentences

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape


EASTERN CAPE – “The Perpetrators of Gender Based Violence must be excommunicated”. This was the reaction of the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga in welcoming the sentences imposed by the Bhisho High Court upon the 38-year-old rapist on 23 June 2020 in Bhisho.

The arrest and subsequent sentencing of the 38-year-old Melumzi Tom is a sequel to the night of 02 November 2015, when bugged at the home of his victim at Upper Gwalana Locality in Peddie. According to the report, the accused woke the victim up and started robbing her of a sum of R3500, raped, assaulted and shot her.

The 49-year-old victim survived the ordeal even though she had difficulty in identifying the suspect as his face was covered with a blanket. However, during the investigation of another case of Armed Robbery, Melumzi was arrested In Worcester in the Western Cape. Through the use of forensic investigative aids like the DNA, the suspect Melumzi Tom was identified and linked to the rape case which occurred at Gwalana in Peddie.

After a long drawn out court process to find Justice for the victim of Gender Based Violence, Justice was served as the court eventually managed to convict and sentence the suspect in the Bhisho High Court. The following sentences were imposed on the accused on 2020-06-23 at Bhisho High Court as follows:

Count 1: Rape - is Guilty - to undergo Life imprisonment.
Count 2: Housebreaking: Guilty-to undergo 15 years imprisonment.
Count 3: Robbery Aggravating - to undergo 10 years imprisonment.
Count 4: Assault Gbh - Guilty - to undergo 8 years imprisonment.
Count 5: Unlawful Possession of firearm - Guilty - to undergo 5 years imprisonment.
Count 6: Possession of Ammunition - Guilty as charged - to undergo 5 years imprisonment.
Count 7: Sexual Assault - Guilty as charged - to undergo 3 years imprisonment.

The Provincial Commissioner further appreciated the sterling work of the FCS detectives. “The sentences must serve as lesson for the perpetrators of Gender Based Violence. They must refrain from harassing, molesting and injuring innocent women or face the full might of the law” Lieutenant General Ntshinga Concluded.



Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana


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