South Africa: Friend Sentenced to 14 Years for Rape

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On the morning of 14 September 2019, Greytown police arrested rape accused Zama Lethuxolo Ngubane (31) for raping a 24-year-old woman who he was partying with during the day. On 13 September 2019, the victim was sleeping at her residence after parting. The accused realised that she was sleeping and he raped her.

She woke up and realised she was raped and questioned the accused who denied harming her. The victim was shocked and called her friend who took her to the police station where a rape case was opened. The docket was transferred to the Greytown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation. He was arrested and appeared in the Greytown Magistrate's Court before he was granted bail.

The matter was transferred to the Regional Court in Greytown and throughout the whole trial the accused denied the rape allegations which proved him to be a poor witness at court. After the statement given by the victim and the evidence presented in court the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused was guilty.

On 29 April 2021, the Greytown Regional Court sentenced Ngubane to 14 years direct imprisonment behind bars and he was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

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