SAPS celebrates the 25 years imprisonment of 54-year old Bhekumuzi Manzini.
The Empangeni Regional Court sentenced Manzini for raping a 15-year-old mentally challenged woman in Obizo reserve, Empangeni.
SAPS related that the victim was at home when the accused came and offered her fruit before raping her.
He thereafter, threatened the victim not to report the matter to anyone. And, continued to rape her when the elders were not at home up until the victim fell pregnant.
“The victim’s aunt noticed that the victim was not feeling well. Upon questioning her, the victim broke her silence (and disclosed) that Manzini used to rape her when there was no one at home. (With that,) it was discovered that she was pregnant.
Manzini was questioned, he denied the allegation and threaten to kill them. The matter was reported to Empangeni police station. And, the docket was transferred to Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.
DNA test was done and linked the accused to the case. He was arrested and charged accordingly. His bail application was denied and he was remanded in custody until he was sentenced.”
Speaking, KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa praised Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences for gathering all the evidence that led to the conviction of the accused.
Rape Severally Linked To Spread of HIV/AIDS
Severally, rape crimes have been linked to the spread of HIV and AIDS in South Africa. Deputy President Ramaphosa addressed the International Aids Conference in this regard yesterday.
Ramaphosa said the struggle against HIV and AIDS is a struggle for a better society.
“It is a struggle for a society in which the human rights and dignity of all people are recognized and respected. We desire a society in which men do not claim dominion over women; a society in which the powerful do not prey on the vulnerable,” he said.