Mother raped in exchange for baby’s life

Thirty-year-old Thabiso Dludla was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a mother in the Waterloo area, in September 2014. He also received an additional 20 years for sexual assault and house break-in.

The accused received his sentence at the Verulam Regional Court, recently. According to reports, after raping the mother, Dluda attempted to rape another woman on the same day and was nabbed a few hours after the incident.

On the day of the heinous crime, Dludla, who was armed with a screwdriver, accosted a woman. The victim was asleep with her baby in the room. Police reports indicated that he threatened to kill the baby if the mother did not comply.

She was then raped and thereafter forced by Dludla to have a bath shortly after. He fled the scene and proceeded to another house, where he tried to rape another woman.

The woman screamed causing neighbours to gather around the house. Upon noticing this, he fled the scene. Little did he realise that he left his cellphone behind. “He was traced, tracked and apprehended while he was searching for his cellphone,” read a police report issued by the KZN Media Centre.

Cases of rape and sexual assault were subsequently opened at the Verulam SAPS. The dockets were then transferred to the Phoenix Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation. Dluda received life behind bars for rape, 10 years for sexual assault and another 10 for two counts of house break-in.

He was kept in custody until he was successfully convicted. Following the sentencing, KZN police commissioner, Lt Gen Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded her fellow detectives for securing a maximum sentence.

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