DURBAN � On 26 September 2019, the KwaDukuza Regional Court sentenced Skhumbuzo Sgede Ngogwana (26) to life imprisonment for rape.
His sentence came after the court heard how he brutally raped a woman at Mzulwini in Maphumulo. It was on 1 January 2018, just after midnight where a 59-year-old woman was asleep in her house when she heard a knock at her door.
The victim immediately contacted her children informing them of the intruder knocking. When Ngogwana heard the victim making a phone call, he forcefully kicked the door open. He grabbed the victim, dragged her out of the house and repeatedly raped her.
Maphumulo police were notified and a case of rape was opened. The docket was transferred to KwaDukuza Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit who took over the investigation. The accused was arrested on the following day. His bail was successfully opposed in court and was kept in custody until his sentence.
This sentence will serve as a warning to other rapists who intend to commit such criminal acts and think they will get away with it. This conviction is also a victory to crimes directed to women and children.
Source: South African Police Service