Seven sentences, Including Life Imprisonment for Bhisho Rapist
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Image by SAPS: Seven sentences were handed down to Bhisho rapist.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga welcomed the sentences imposed by the Bhisho High Court upon the 38-year-old rapist on Tuesday in Bhisho, said the South African Police in a statement on Wednesday.
"The Perpetrators of Gender Based Violence must be excommunicated", said Ntshinga. The police managed to link a rapist after almost five years, following a recent case of armed robbery.
"The arrest and subsequent sentencing of the 38-year-old Melumzi Tom is a sequel to the night of 02 November 2015, when bugged at the home of his victim at Upper Gwalana Locality in Peddie. According to the report, the accused woke the victim up and started robbing her of a sum of R3500, raped, assaulted, and shot her.
"The 49-year-old victim survived the ordeal even though she had difficulty in identifying the suspect as his face was covered with a blanket. However, during the investigation of another case of Armed Robbery, Melumzi was arrested In Worcester in the Western Cape. Through the use of forensic investigative aids like the DNA, the suspect Melumzi Tom was identified and linked to the rape case which occurred at Gwalana in Peddie", said the Eastern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana.
The following sentences were imposed on the accused:
Count 1: Rape - is Guilty - to undergo Life imprisonment.
Count 2: Housebreaking: Guilty-to undergoes 15 years imprisonment.
Count 3: Robbery Aggravating - to undergo 10 years imprisonment.
Count 4: Assault Gbh - Guilty - to undergo 8 years imprisonment.
Count 5: Unlawful Possession of firearm - Guilty - to undergo 5 years imprisonment.
Count 6: Possession of Ammunition - Guilty as charged - to undergo 5 years imprisonment.
Count 7: Sexual Assault - Guilty as charged - to undergo 3 years imprisonment.
Kinana said that the Provincial Commissioner further appreciated the sterling work of the FCS detectives. “The sentences must serve as a lesson for the perpetrators of Gender Based Violence. They must refrain from harassing, molesting, and injuring innocent women or face the full might of the law” Lieutenant General Ntshinga Concluded.
During the state of the address on South Africa's response to the Coronavirus pandemic, on 17 June 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa labeled GVB the second pandemic in the country and also warned of harsher sentences for perpetrators.
"Legislative amendments have been prepared around, among other things, minimum sentencing in cases of gender-based violence, bail conditions for suspects, and greater protection for women who are victims of intimate partner violence. I urge our lawmakers in Parliament to process them without delay.
"Our courts have been firm in dealing with cases of gender-based violence even during the lockdown period, handing down life sentences, and multiple life sentences to perpetrators. I want to assure the women and children of South Africa that our criminal justice system will remain focused on gender-based violence cases and that we can expect more arrests and more prosecutions against perpetrators to follow. The perpetrators of violence against women and children must receive sentences that fit the horrific crimes they commit", said the President.
By: Mogotladi Makgato