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  • Vusimuzi Dladla gets three life sentences and 25 years for raping and robbing minors

    Vusimuzi Dladla gets three life sentences and 25 years for raping and robbing minors

    The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) believes that just has been served after the Verulam Regional Court sentenced Vusimuzi Issac Dladla to three terms of life and 25 years imprisonment for the rapes of minors, housebreaking and robbery he committed in 2018 at Ndwedwe, north of Durban.

    MINORS HOME ALONE WHILE MOM WAS AT CHURCH

    It was learned during the trial that 41-year-old Dladla’s victims, aged 13 and 15, were at home alone with three other minor children, while their mother was out attending a night church service. 

    Dladla had an accomplice who has since evaded arrest, the men broke into the house, armed with knives and demanded money and cellphones from the children.

    The other man took one of the girls outside and raped her, thereafter, Dladla took the other girl outside and did the same. 

    The criminals fled taking an iPad with them, however, they returned about half an hour later and stole more items. 

    Dladla then raped the girl, that his accomplice had initially raped. The traumatised children hid in the house until morning when they frantically went in search of their mother. They immediately reported the incident to her. 

    CHILDREN ARE TRAUMATISED AND SCARED OF MEN

    KwaZulu-Natal NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara says once the police were informed, the children were taken to the Thuthuzela Care Centre.

    “It is an NPA-led one-stop rape crisis centre based at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital where victims can access post-trauma services,”

    says Ramkisson-Kara.

    In court, Regional Court Prosecutor Ishara Sewnarayan, led the testimonies of the children, their mother and DNA evidence experts against Dladla. 

    Sewnarayan additionally submitted Victim Impact Statements compiled by the children and facilitated by Court Preparation Officer Bongiwe Qwabe. 

    In their statements, the children said that they are scared of men and they are still haunted by the atrocities committed by Dladla and his accomplice. 

    Also, they could now not go to the reed dance like their peers, as they were no longer virgins.

    DLADLA SENTENCED FOR ACCOMPLICE’S CRIME

    Dladla received a life sentence for the three rapes, even though his accomplice had committed one, due to the Sewnarayan presenting case law on them acting in common purpose. 

    Dladla was sentenced to a decade of imprisonment for housebreaking, with intent to rob and 15 years imprisonment for robbery, with aggravating circumstances. 

    Further, the court deemed him unfit to possess a firearm and ordered that his name be entered into the National Register for Sex Offenders.

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