The South African Police Service in Limpopo welcomed the sentencing of three men to a consolidated jail term of one hundred years imprisonment for various offences ranging from rape, kidnapping, robbery, carjacking to sexual harassment.
Funanani Fighter Netshiavha (32) was sentenced to an effective forty years imprisonment without fine by the Thohoyandou High Court after he was found guilty of hijacking, kidnapping, robbery, rape and sexual harassment.
This sentence emanates from numerous offences he committed with his accomplices around the Mutale Policing area outside Thohoyandou. On 24 May 2015 at about 18:20 in the evening, the accused met a 23 year old woman and dragged her to the nearby bushes at knifepoint and raped her. Afterwards, he took the victim forcefully to his homestead where she was raped again.
In the second incident, Netshiavha was convicted of business robbery with his accomplice, Takalani Steven Ramafamba (33). The duo assaulted a shop owner with a hammer and robbed him cash amount of money and airtime vouchers at Chiawelo village. Ramafamba was given an effective fifteen years imprisonment without fine.
In the third incident, Netshiavha and Shumani Michael Dzivani were arrested for carjacking, kidnapping, robbery and sexual harassment which they committed on 20 August 2015 at about 14:40. The duo, found a man together with a woman inside his vehicle which was parked alongside the road at Makonde Shandani village. They threatened him and his companion with a screwdriver and wheel spanner before they put him inside the boot.
The woman was forced to the back seat and they drove to the nearby ATM and withdrew her money. Dzivani took his share leaving Netshiavha with their victims inside the vehicle. He drove to Tshiumoni village with the intention to rape the woman. Whilst, driving around, community members became suspicious and attacked him resulting to his apprehension by the Mutale Police.
Shumani Michael Dzivhani was sentenced to an effective twenty five years imprisonment without fine for carjacking and robbery.
Meanwhile, also in the Mutale Policing area, a 70 year old man was sentenced to an effective twenty years imprisonment for raping his 10 year old nephew during 2015.
The SAPS Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Jan Scheepers has commended the team of investigators who were involved in all these cases for their dedication and hard work.
“This province will always remain safe as criminals are removed from our streets indefinitely,” concluded General Scheepers.
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