Port Elizabeth- 31- year- old Simphiwe Phukane was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape on Friday [3/11/12] at the Port Elizabeth High Court.
Phukane was also handed a three year sentence for assault GBH and an additional one year for the abduction. He was not given leave to appeal the sentence.
The sentencing follows after Phukane had sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl in the Dora Nginza Hospital toilets. He threatened the young girl with a screwdriver from where she was playing in Ndukwa Street and abducted her. A group of about 80 residents caught and assaulted the suspect and handed him to the police.
The Acting Motherwell Cluster Commander, Brigadier Lindelwa Vellem applauded the good investigation done by the investigation officer of Motherwell Family Violence and Child Protection Unit (FCS), Warrant Officer Riaan Botha, and the resulting sentence handed down by the High Court. “The protection of our women and children is one of our key focus areas and criminals that continue to rape and assault our young women should take note that long imprisonment awaits them” she added.
According to police spokesperson Andre Beetge, with the run up towards the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children, the police are pleased with the outcome in a Kwazakeke Rape case which took place on 11 March 2017. Added Beetge