Man (25) jailed for life for rape of mentally-challenged male cousin (33)
Eshowe Regional Court convicted and sentenced a 25-year-old man to life imprisonment for raping his mentally handicapped cousin. The sentence was handed down on 4 March 2019 after the
magistrate heard how he raped a 33-year-old man at Gingindlovu area last year.
On New Year's Day last year at 4.00 in the morning, a 33-year-old mentally challenged man was in the house at Mhlababo area, Gingindlovu sleeping, when he was approached by the suspect who allegedly raped him. The two brothers of the victim who came from enjoying themselves for the New Year's Day, noticed that the door of a rondavel where their brother was sleeping was not properly
closed and they became suspicious. They went inside and caught the suspect and the victim half naked. The case of rape was opened at Gingindlovu police station after the suspect confessed that he raped his cousin. The docket was transferred to Eshowe Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation The suspect was handed over to the police and he was charged with rape.
In another conviction, Empangeni Regional Court sentenced Velenkosini Myeni(32) to life imprisonment for rape. In December 2015 a three-year-old victim was playing outside her homestead with her friends when she was called by her neighbour, Myeni to walk with her into the bushes. While he was raping her in the bushes, a 15-year-old boy who was coming from the grazing veld heard the child screaming in the bushes. He went towards the screaming direction to investigate and found the suspect allegedly raping the child. He immediately called his elders who came for assistance. The suspect was caught and handed over to the local police where he was charged for rape.