On the 1 July 2017 a 25 year-old woman was walking alone at midnight at Bhekela location situated at Ugie area with the idea to go and drop the house key to her brother who is staying at at Bhekela.
On her way back from her brother's place she met with two unknown men. They approached her and robbed her of her belongings and instructed her to accompany them to a certain house also situated in Bhekela area whereby they repeatedly raped her whilst she was 5 months pregnant. Her pleading to leave her fell on deaf ears and they continued with their cruel deed and fled the scene.
On the following day a case of rape was registered at Ugie SAPS for further handling a case docket was meticulously investigated by D/Cst Masizana.
Within a few days both suspects were arrested and they were further linked with DNA.
On the 28 September 2018 the case was trialled at Grahamstown High court whereby Advocate Obermeyer presented the evidence to the honourable Judge who was presiding. Both accused persons were found guilty as charged.
The sentence as follows accused nr1, Luvo Gebenga on count 1, house breaking 5 years' Count 2, Rape 23 years' imprisonment.
Accused nr2, Abongile Hlahla on Count 1, house breaking 5 years' imprisonment. Count 2, Rape life imprisonment
The provincial Commissioner of Eastern Cape, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has congratulated the meticulous and professional investigation by the young female "lioness" who worked closely with the NPA which led to the lengthy prison sentence. "This sentence is the outcome of the SAPS unwavering commitment in the fight against crimes against women and children and the hard work of the investigating officer who portrays the high discipline of the organisation," she said
Source: South African Police Service