Vusikhaya (Mavusana) Edward (37) from KwaDabeka was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping an 11-year-old girl. Police said that in March 2016, the victim was at her home, cleaning when Edward came knocking saying he wanted to load electricity on the metre box.

According to police, the victim opened the door for him, as he was not a stranger to her. “It was reported that when Edward completed loading the electricity, he raped the victim. He then threatened to hurt her badly if she told her parents. After noticing her strange behaviour, the victim’s mother questioned her and found out that she was repeatedly raped by Mavusana. A case was opened at KwaDabeka police station and was investigated by Pinetown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS). The accused appeared in court several times until he was convicted,” said a police spokesperson.

In a separate incident, two siblings aged eight and ten were raped by their mother’s relative in KwaDabeka in 2016. The victims lived with their mother and their mother’s uncle at a house. Police said that the mother caught the uncle (37) sexually abusing her 10-year-old daughter when she woke up early and went to check on the children, who were sleeping in the lounge.

A case of rape was opened and was investigated by Pinetown FCS. Further police investigations revealed that the uncle raped the child previously and that he also raped the eight-year-old girl. He appeared in court and he was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment by the Pinetown Regional Court.

The KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki, welcomed the sentences and applauded the great detective work done by the officers who ensured that the perpetrators of such wicked crimes are brought to justice.