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While her attackers turned rape into life sentence, the victim still suffers psychologically

A 33-year-old KwaZulu-Natal woman was raped allegedly by four men whom she thought would help her get home safely after hitchhiking.

She feels psychologically and permanently scarred by the experience.

“I just got a job I only worked one day, and that was my first and last day.”

My relationship with men has been hampered since the incident, and I have been unable to return to work.

The victim, in this case, wrote an impact statement which was read in court.

In it, the victim said that the accused’s actions have made it hard for her to work and have healthy relationships with men.

The victim told the court she was hitchhiking from Newcastle to Madadeni when four men offered her a ride while her friend stayed behind.

“On the way, they took turns raping me.  It happened in January 2017, she said.

They then stole her cellphone, tablet, and R120 cash, dropping her off somewhere unknown.

The victim’s friend had taken down the vehicle’s number plate, which led to their arrest. Additionally, the police tracked the men’s cellphones, as they were still using it.”

Four men were sentenced in the Madadeni Regional Court on Thursday.

A group of 4 men – Njabulo Hadebe 25, Sanele Ndwandwe 27, Bhekumuzi Mdluli 28 and Manqoba Madela 26 were sentenced for kidnapping, raping, and robbing a 33-year-old woman in January 2017, in the Madadeni area.

The men were given the maximum possible sentences for their crimes, which included life in prison for rape, 15 years for robbery, and 5 years for kidnapping.

Both the robbery and kidnapping sentences have been ordered to run simultaneously by the court. They’ll effectively serve life.

As a result of this case, the National Prosecuting Authority expressed pride in prosecuting it successfully, which involves both sexual crimes and violence against women.

“It is our intention to vigorously pursue matters of this nature. We apologize for the trauma suffered by the victim, and hope that this sentence will ease some of her pain,” it said.

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