Education Specialist for the Eastern Cape Department of Education Mkhuseli Xamleko was sentenced on Friday 13 November 2020 at the Grahamstown Regional Court to 10-years imprisonment for the rape of an 18-year old girl during February 2019.
The sentence follows his conviction by the same court on Thursday.
EDUCATION SPECIALIST SENTENCED
The rape incident took place on the evening of 11 February 2019, Xamleko had visited a friend’s house in Grahamstown when the 18-year-old girl walked past the house. The teenager greeted the group of friends who had gathered in the yard. Xamleko then offered her a lift home as it was dark. She agreed and the two left.
Their first stop was in town where they bought food.
“Xamleko then told the girl that he wanted them to stop by his flat, also in Grahamstown, to switch on the lights and assured her that he would take her home immediately afterwards,” said National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Regional Spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani.
“When they arrived at his flat he switched on the lights and locked the door. He then demanded that they have sex and when she resisted he threatened her with an iron rod and proceeded to rape her,” added Ngcakani.
Xamleko was arrested the following day by Grahamstown police.
The Grahamstown Regional Court complied with legislation which prescribed a minimum of 10 years for first-time rape offenders.
LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR RAPE AND ROBBERY SPREE
The Bhisho High Court, on 6 November, sentenced a 39- year- old man from Zwelitsha to life imprisonment for a rape and robbery spree which he conducted from July 2011 to September 2015.
Monwabisi Mbonyuza raped eight females aged between 14 and 21 around Zwelitsha and Bhisho using the same method.
“He would approach two or more people who were walking together, point them with a firearm and rob them of goods like cellphones. He would instruct the males to leave and would assault them if they resisted. He would then rape the females at gunpoint,” said Ngcakani.
The Serial and Electronic Crime Investigations under the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit of the SAPS had a breakthrough when a DNA sample that had been taken from him in 2012 for a rape and robbery case matched the semen taken from the women he had raped between 2011 and 2015. Mbonyuza was arrested in June 2019 at his home at Thembani Location in King William’s Town.
Judge Phillip Zilwa agreed with the prosecutor, Advocate Nocwaka Blorweni-Tokota, that indeed there were no compelling circumstances in this case which warranted deviation from the prescribed minimum sentence. Zilwa sentenced him to three life terms and 97-years imprisonment. He ordered for all sentences to run concurrently.
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