South Africa: 315 Sexual Offenders Brought to Book and 14 Terms of Life Imprisonment Secured

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Detectives from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units across KwaZulu-Natal have achieved excellent results during November, following investigations into numerous cases of sexual offences and domestic violence.

The detectives across the province were in and out of courts to ensure that justice is delivered to victims of crime who were sexually violated and attacked. From 01 November to 30 November 2019, 315 suspects were arrested for various crimes including rape, sexual assault, kidnapping, child neglect, child pornography, attempted rape and assault. A total of 14 terms of life imprisonment as well as 197 years imprisonment were handed down to 35 persons who were accused and convicted of rape and sexual assault.

"This news is most welcome especially as we observe the 16 Days of Activism. Our work is not done and we will continue to ensure that those accused of gender based violence are put behind bars where they belong. Their names will also be included in the Sexual Offenders Register. We hope that these sentences will bring closure to the victims," said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.

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