Durban – Three men who gang raped a woman in KwaMashu, Durban in 2019 have been jailed for life.
The Ntuzuma Regional Court sentenced Melusi Ndaba, Sifiso Majola and Mbuso Majola to life imprisonment.
According to KZN NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, the men locked the victim in a cabin in February 2019 and took turns to rape her.
“They held a knife around his neck to prevent him from screaming or resisting. As a result, she suffered a severe cut to her neck and was bleeding from her neck to her ear.
“She was saved when her sister came to pick her up and found the men with her in the cabin. Although the men fled the scene, they were arrested a few days later.
Regional court prosecutor Naushaad Harripersadh presented medical evidence as well as testimony from the victim and her sister.
“The court sentenced the men to life imprisonment for rape and an additional five years for mutual aid and complicity in the commission of the rape,” Ramkisson-Kara said.
The director of the KwaZulu-Natal prosecutor’s office, lawyer Elaine Zungu, welcomes the conviction and the sentence. “We hope that sentences of this nature will deter like-minded people from committing such brutal crimes.”