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11/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/22/2019 03:39

Six life terms for 64-year-old serial rapist

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner KwaZulu-Natal

DURBAN - The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula praised detectives at the FCS Unit for the successful prosecution of a serial rapist. 'As we are about to launch the 16 Days Of Activism Campaign, let us become ambassadors with a common goal to protect women and children in society. Victims are encouraged to seek help from the police through various help desks and to never allow perpetrators to have power over their lives. The courage displayed by these young victims at criminal proceedings has restored faith in the police and the justice system. Police will continue to root out criminals who commit heinous acts against our women and children.I believe that together we can make this province a safe and better place for everyone,' he said.

On 19 November 2019, the Judge at Pinetown Regional Court sentenced Sipho Mfene (64) to six terms of life imprisonment for rape and a further eighty years for compelled rape and sexual assault. This stellar investigation was conducted by detectives at the Chatsworth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS). Mfene who was out on parole for a previous rape, lured boys and girls aged between seven and eleven to his home in St Wendolins in Mariannhill where he raped them.

During 2017, Mfene raped an eight-year-old girl. Community leaders were made aware of the incident and they apprehended Mfene and handed him over to Mariannhill police where he was detained. Eight other victims came forward to report that Mfene also abused them and the detective who was assigned to the case ensured that the accused was denied bail. He remained in custody following his


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