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KZN teen rapists jailed for 60 years

By Post Reporter Time of article published Feb 26, 2020

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Durban - Two teenagers who took turns raping a young woman at gunpoint have been jailed for a collective 60 years. 

Siyabonga Mkhwanazi, 18, and Nkanyiso Mayise, 19, were convicted in the Esikhaleni Regional Court this week for the crime that took place in July 2019. 

They received 20 years each for robbery and 10 years for armed robbery. 

According to police, the 18-year-old victim, had been walking home on July 8, at around 6:30pm, near Mzingwenya Reserve when she was accosted by two males armed with a firearm.

"They threatened her with a firearm, robbed her of her belongings and took her into the bushes where they took turns raping her at gunpoint," said police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele.

Mbele said a case of rape and robbery was opened at Esikhaleni police station. 

"An investigating officer from Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit who took over the investigation ensured that the perpetrators face the full might of law."
 
Two males were arrested a month a later and were kept in custody throughout the trial until their sentence this week. 

In November, Durban court handed down a 300 year jail for serial rapist Sello November, 29, who terrorised 13 woman before raping them. 

He killed the 14th person. 

The 13 women were all strangled before being raped while unconscious. 

The Daily News reported that his attorney Tiagraj Pillay pleaded with the court to consider November’s age and his personal circumstances in sentencing him. He said November was an orphan, had dropped out of school after his parents’ death in 2011 and got involved with bad friends who introduced him to drugs and alcohol.

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