Port Alfred: The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt. Gen. Nomthetheleli Mene, hailed a heavy sentence handed down to a rapist, 25-year-old Siyabulela “Ta Wara” Jamani/Vulindlu, who was sentenced on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 by the Makhanda High Search.
The court sentenced Jamani/Vulindlu, after pleading guilty following overwhelming evidence brought by the state against him. It was presented in court that on Saturday March 12, 2022 at around 10:00 p.m., Jamani/Vulindlu accosted and threatened to stab two girls who were walking through a brushy area in Port Alfred.
One girl managed to escape, but the other was unhappy. The accused stabbed his fifteen-year-old victim and dragged her to a secluded place, where he repeatedly raped her. He also stole some of his items.
Later, the injured victim managed to escape and was saved by people who were screaming and looking for her.
Judge Beshe, in passing sentence, noted that the defendant was on parole for a similar offense in 2016, where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She sentenced the defendant as follows:
– First count: Attempted murder, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
– Second count: Rape, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
– Count Three: Aggravated robbery, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Jamani/Vulindlue was found unfit to own a firearm. His name must also be listed on the National Sex Offender Registry.
Lt. Gen. Mene welcomed the sentence. “This will surely have a chilling effect on those who have no respect for women. The police will continue to prioritize cases of gender-based violence and femicide, Lt. Gen. Mene added.