South African Police Service | Kwa-Zulu Natal | NARI
17 Jan 2018, Kwa-Zulu Natal: On Tuesday, 16 January 2018, Thokozani Mvalelwa, 34, from Louisiana in Port Shepstone, and who is originally from Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape province, was found guilty on five counts of rape and was sentenced to five life terms which he committed in Louisiana area between June and October 2016, where he raped five small children.
He was sentenced to a life sentence for each count of rape by the Port Shepstone Regional Court. The case was investigated by Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.
In October 2016, a 6-year-old girl was sent to the shop near her house in Louisiana. On the way, the accused took her to his room, raped her and gave her R2 and told her to keep quiet. She went home and told her mother what had happened.
The matter was reported to the Port Shepstone police who began with the investigation. As the investigation progressed, it was discovered that the accused had lured at least 13 children whom he played games with, promising them sweets after which he then raped them.
However, after a lengthy investigation, the investigating officer could only proceed with five victims as the others were not able to testify.
The accused was immediately arrested in October when the case was reported and he was kept in custody as his bail applications were opposed. He to pleaded guilty to all five cases of rape which resulted in the harsh sentence.