Eastern Cape rapist sentenced to two life terms

By Robin-Lee Francke Time of article published 16m in the past

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CAPE TOWN – A baby rapist from the Eastern Cape has been handed down two life terms for raping minors.

In a press release launched on Monday, provincial police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni mentioned its district commissioner, Brigadier Ngangema Xakavu, welcomed the conviction of 35-year-old rapist Xola Mayedwa within the Bhisho High Court.

Tonjeni mentioned Mayedwa was convicted of sexually assaulting two ladies, aged 9 and 11 and assaulted a 13-year-old lady within the Bongweni space in Peddie in September 2018.

“The suspect was immediately arrested and appeared at the Peddie Magistrate Court. He was denied bail and appeared several times at court.

“The case was later transferred to the Bhisho High Court in June 2019 and he also appeared several times until his conviction day,” Tonjeni mentioned.

“He was found guilty in October 2020 and was sentenced to two life imprisonment for rape and 30 days imprisonment for assault.”

Eastern Cape provincial police commissioners, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga recommended the detectives for the conviction and mentioned this could ship a robust message to perpetrators of crime that the South African Police Service (SAPS) will arrest, examine and guarantee all perpetrators are put behind bars.

In an unrelated incident, a 23-year-old man was arrested by the Port Elizabeth K9 unit in Motherwell after he was discovered to be in possession of a firearm and in contravention of the Disaster Management Act for being outdoors through the nationwide curfew.

The man was arrested after he was stopped in his automobile in Nqabara Street and couldn’t clarify why he was open air at 11.45pm.

Upon looking his automobile, a .38 Special revolver was discovered and officers managed to set up the firearm was reported stolen in Motherwell in September 2020.


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