Five rapists sentenced to life, while Newcastle SAPS arrest a murderer and search for hijackers

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The criminal element lurks in the shadows of society, waiting to satisfy their sordid desires. However, the SAPS are working around the clock, in order to expose them and bring them to book.

This follows the KwaZulu-Natal police confirming that five sexual predators received life sentences during the month of January. Another 12 KZN offenders in KZN are facing a total of 89 years’ imprisonment for sexual offences.

KZN police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker explains investigators from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units (FCS) in KwaZulu-Natal arrested a staggering 354 suspects.

These suspects were wanted for crimes such as rape; sexual assault; attempted rape; kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Regarding the five suspects receiving life imprisonment, Naicker explains two of the accused were sentenced to life imprisonment for rape, while the other three were sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and robbery.

Lieutenant General Khombikosi Jula, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, welcomes the convictions. 

Jula says the arrests and convictions show police are effectively dealing with crimes against women and children. However, while commending officers for fulfilling their duties, Jula encourages men to play a bigger role in protecting both women and children.

Locally, Newcastle Detectives are investigating a hijacking case.

Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, Captain Jabulani Ncube explains the incident took place on January 31, on Harding Street.

He explains the victim had parked his truck along the road; when he and his passenger were approached by three men shortly after 8.30pm.

One of the men was armed with a firearm. The suspects quickly tied the truck driver and his passenger up, before forcing them to lay behind the driver’s seat. The suspects then drove the truck away, which contained chicken.

Upon reaching an isolated area in the taxi rank, the suspects offloaded the chicken, before driving and offloading the victims in another area.

The suspects are still at large, and police investigations are underway.

In a separate incident, Newcastle detectives are currently investigating a murder. Taking place on January 31, Captain Ncube says the incident occurred on Bell Street, in the industrial area.

“The 31-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times with a knife,” he says.

However, the suspect is in police custody and the motive for the murder is still unclear. He will appear in court on February 10, while police conduct further investigations.

Well done to the officers involved in the arrests.

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