He encouraged the cops to use the resources that the state has to bring to an end the scourge of gender violence.
Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma has thanked the state for ensuring justice was served in the rape of an 82-year-old Gogo from Bushbuckridge.
The rapist, 29-year-old Richman Maluleke was found guilty Wednesday 12 February 2020 by the Mhala Magistrates Court for raping the 82-year-old elderly woman in 2017.
Zuma said the man took advantage of the Gogo, knowing she was living alone in the house.
“We are indeed making good inroads in addressing gender based violence in our society and with convictions such as this, one can be certain of renewed hope for many victims of sexual violence.
“We hope that this man who took advantage of the old granny will get a harsh sentence so that others can learn that women should be respected and cared for,” Zuma said, thanking the detectives, NPA and the court for doing a “sterling job”.
On 25 January 2017, Maluleke went to the Gogo’s house in Newton Trust near Bushbuckridge.
Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the old woman had no one to help her.
He then fled the scene on that night, and the granny went to report her ordeal to neighbours who called the cops.
“These dedicated detectives vowed to make sure that whoever raped the old woman should be hunted down, arrested and have his day in court.
“The relentless effort and hard work by the members paid off as they made a breakthrough where Maluleke was technically linked to the crime and arrested in 2019,” said Hlathi.
Maluleke pleaded guilty and remains in custody for sentencing on 3 March 2020.
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