Pongola men sentenced for rape

On 5 February 2019, the Pongola Regional Court sentenced Ndumiso Ntumba (29) to life imprisonment for raping a then seven-year-old child in Belgrade area. On Christmas Day of 2017, children were playing near Ntumba's homestead when the suspect sent the other children to the tuckshop, took the victim into his room and raped her. The victim screamed for help and the suspect released her and gave her a R1 for her silence. She went home and reported the incident to her mother. A case of rape was opened at the Pongola police station and the docket was assigned to Ulundi Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit. Detectives ensured that the accused faced the full might law.

On 5 February 2019, another rape accused was sentenced by Pongola Regional Court on a separate matter. A traditional healer, Mkholiswa Nxumalo (35) was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for raping a 14-year-old female. In January 2013, the victim went to a traditional healer at KwaShoba area as she was not feeling well. He convinced her that she can be healed only if the medicine is inserted into her by a private part. When the victim refused, the accused forcefully raped her. A case of rape was opened at the Pongola police station and the docket was assigned to Ulundi Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit. Detectives wasted no time and pounced on the accused, an indication that Gender Based Violence is not condoned.

Source: South African Police Service