Two rapists sentenced, Dimbaza

South African Police Service

SAPS has welcomed the sentencing and conviction of Zenande Kwinisi (24) to six years imprisonment and Melikhaya Jacobs (29) to twenty year imprisonment by Dimbaza Regional Court.

The conviction follows after the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit members worked tirelessly in investigating the case and managed to apprehend the suspects. The suspect (Zenande) sexually assaulted a 14 year old girl in Qantosi Location outside King Williams Town in January 2014. After the incident the suspect fled and never came back and the police received information that the suspect has come back in November 2017. He was immediately arrested and first appeared at Dimbaza Magistrates’ Court on 15 November 2017.

The investigating officer successfully oppose bail and was remanded in custody. In March 2018 the case was transferred to Zwelitsha Regional Court and he appeared several times at court. On 22 May 2018 he was sentenced and convicted to 6 years imprisonment for rape and declared unfit to possess a firearm and to be placed on the sexual offence register.

In a separate incident Melikhaya Jacobs (29) sexually assaulted an 18 year old female at Dimbaza Location outside King Williams Town in March 2017. He was immediately arrested and first appeared on 7 March 2017 at Dimbaza Magistrates’ Court. He was granted R1000 bail and appeared several times after the bail. In September 2017 the case was transferred to Zwelitsha Regional Court and he appeared several times at court.

On 22 May 2018 he was sentenced and convicted to 20 years imprisonment for rape and was declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The Commander for King Williams Town Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Zitulele Mahlambeni commended a sterling work done by the investigating Officers that led to the sentencing and conviction of the accused.

He said that the sentence will definitely send the message that the law will deal harshly with perpetrators of crime.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service