Housebreaking and rape accused pleads guilty

DURBAN- Due to the high quality of investigation and concrete evidence against the accused, both had to plead guilty to all charges against them in the Pietermaritzburg High Court last week. This case was finalised within two months after the crime was committed. Sanele Khumalo (25) and Mandlenkosi Manana (33) were both sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances and five years for housebreaking. Mandlenkosi Manana (33) was further sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for rape.

On 27 February 2019, five students from the Amajuba TVET College were sleeping in their rental house at Madadeni location when they were approached by the two accused. It is alleged that the accused broke the door opened and robbed them of their cellphones, cash and clothing. One victim was raped by one of the accused. Bot accused fled the scene after the incident. A case of housebreaking, robbery and rape was opened at Madadeni police station for further investigation. The Newcastle Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit took over the docket. Through sheer hard work by FCS team, the two accused were arrested. On 26 March 2019, the first accused was arrested at Madadeni. The second accused was arrested at Volkrust area and all the stolen items were recovered. Both the accused were charged accordingly and taken to court.

Source: South African Police Service