According to SAPS, endeavors continue to yield positive results as more heavy sentences are handed down due to our dedicated detectives’ quality investigative skills. “Our investigator’s efforts were rewarded when Ongeziwe Mtshizana, 27, was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and three (3) years for kidnapping. The sentences will run concurrently.
It is alleged that on 01 May 2017, a 16-year-old mentally challenged girl was with her mother at Fobani Location, Mount Flecther, at about 18:00, and she left the house to the outside toilet and never come back. The frantic mother tried to look for her in vain. The following morning the victim was seen coming out of the suspect’s home, and she told her mother that the suspect kept the whole night against her will while he continued to rape her.
The matter was immediately reported to the police, and the case was assigned to FCS for further investigation. D/ Sgt Nombuyiselo Mabungendlu worked tirelessly investigating the case until the suspect was arrested on 05 May 2017. The suspect was granted bail, and he went back and forth to court until he was sentenced to three (3) years imprisonment for kidnapping and life imprisonment for rape on 03 November 2020 at the Mount Fletcher Regional Court.
The Acting Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile has congratulated the investigator’s meticulous and professional investigation and the collaboration between SAPS and NPA, which led to the lengthy prison term. “The sentence is the outcome of the SAPS unwavering commitment in the fight against crimes against women and children and hard work of the investigation officer and other specialized disciplines of the SAPS together with the NPA,” he said.