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Three Men to Spend Christmas in Jail for Gang Rape

A group of men will spend this holiday season in jail cells instead of at home with family. This comes after being found guilty of a terrible group attack on a young girl in 2018.

Sikhumbuzo Hlophe (38), Thokozani Hlophe (28) and Thokozane Zwane (30) were given 18 years in prison each. They raped a 16-year-old female inside a car at a local tavern five years ago.

The victim bravely spoke to police about her trauma on that December night. Investigators then worked hard to gather evidence. They arrested all three criminals on the same day.

A judge finalized the punishment this week. The men cannot get out of incarceration until 2041 now.

Top Mpumalanga police official Lt. Gen. Semakaleng Manamela hopes the case reminds people that hurting women and children is totally wrong. “This sentence should be a lesson for the community during our 16 Days of Activism against abuse,” she said.

Officials thanked the survivor for speaking out. They also praised detectives for building a solid case to lock up the violent attackers for a long time. Community members are asked to keep reporting crimes so more offenders can face consequences.

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