Police hail successful convictions for rape

Joint 39 years’ imprisonment for three rapists in the Alexandria Regional Court

Sergeant Luzuko Helesi, attached to the Port Alfred Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offence Unit, secured a total 39 years’ imprisonment against three accused in five separate cases in the Alexandria Regional Court on July 5.

Helesi attributes this success to the close working relationship and guidance from the prosecutor, colleagues and his commander.

Manyathi Tshonisile Gazi, 58, was sentenced for raping a 13-year-old girl at Ekuphumeleni, Kenton-on-Sea in early January of 2019. The victim was in the company of her young minor friends when she was lured and raped by the suspect in bushes close to her home. The victim’s mother who was alerted managed to free her child and reported the matter. Gazi was arrested shortly after the incident.

Yona Bongani Dzuza, 29, was sentenced on two separate cases (rape – 10 years’ imprisonment and attempted rape – three years’ imprisonment). During October 2015, Dzuza raped a 15-year-old girl in Alexandria, and in late December of 2018, he attempted to rape a 13-year-old at her home in Alexandria. Upon his arrest, Dzuza was linked with his DNA to the 2015 case.

Miles Maroon, 19, was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment each on two separate cases. During April of 2017, Maroon threatened a 14-year-old girl with a knife and raped her in Alexandria. He was arrested and appeared in the local magistrate’s court where he was released on R500 bail. In late May of 2017, while on bail, Maroon accosted a 15-year-old girl, repeatedly struck her with a brick and raped her. He was arrested shortly after the incident and remained in custody throughout the trial until his sentence.

Brigadier Morgan Govender, the Cluster Commander of Port Alfred, commended Helesi for his commitment and hours of dedication towards the investigation of the sensitive cases.

“Your actions have restored hope for the victims in the Criminal Justice System. Continue with the great work and the compassion that you constantly exhibit to the vulnerable victims”, Govender said.

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