KZN man said to be ‘obsessed’ with victim gets life in jail for rape and kidnapping

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A KwaZulu-Natal man has been sentenced to life in prison plus five years after the rape and kidnapping of a young woman in the KwaBhanoyi area of Ndwedwe.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, said 25-year-old Mlangeni Lindokuhle appeared in the Verulam Regional Court on Tuesday, 9 February 2021,  for raping an 18-year-old victim.

The Colonel detailed what transpired on the day of the kidnapping and rape:

“It is alleged that on 2 January 2019 at 20:30, the victim was on her way home, returning from work when she met the accused who was known to her and lives in the area. He forcefully grabbed her handbag and began professing his love for the young woman,” Mbhele said.

She continued: “He told her that he has been in love with her for years and wants her to be his girlfriend. The victim told him she was not interested in him and demanded the return of her handbag.

“The accused became aggressive, grabbed the young woman and pushed her into the bush where he raped her. The victim screamed for help but her voice was not loud enough for anyone to come to her rescue.”

Mbhele said the accused threatened and dragged the victim to his home at KwaBhanoyi area in Ndwedwe, where he continued to rape her.

“He released her in the morning and instructed her to not tell anyone about the whole ordeal. The traumatised lady who feared for her life was relieved when the accused released her. She reported the incident to Indwedwe police and charges of rape and kidnapping were opened for investigation,” she explained.

The KwaDukuza Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit arrested Lindokuhle, who made several court appearances until he was convicted and sentenced on Tuesday.

Acting KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Major General Thulani Gonya said: “No crime will go unpunished. The police are working around the clock to bring all crime doers to book; this should be the message for all. Women and children are very special and should always be protected.”