On 12 June 2017, Melmoth Regional Court convicted and sentenced a 30-year-old uncle to 36 years imprisonment for rape. In September 2016, a 14-year-old was raped by the accused at Obuka area, Melmoth. The accused was with the victim at their homestead when he instructed her to make a coffee for him and bring it to his room. When she brought the coffee, he grabbed, raped and instructed her to not tell anyone.
The accused raped the victim on several occasions. The victim reported the incident to her mother and the police were contacted. A case of rape was opened at Melmoth police station and the docket was transferred for Melmoth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation that led to arrest of the accused.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa applauded the hard work of detectives who brought all evidence to the court that led to the conviction of the accused. "We strongly condemn violence against women and children in our community and we hope this sentence will send a strong message to other abusers that their criminal deeds will not go unpunished," he said.