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66-yr-old South African man sentenced to 18 years for forcefully marrying, raping 13-yr-old girl



A 66-year-old South African man, Bheki Nxasana, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Gqeberha High Court in the KwaZulu-Natal province, after he was found guilty of forcefully marrying and raping a 13-year-old disabled girl.

The court also sentenced Nxasana’s accomplices, Mxosheni Sibiya and Nomvo Nxasana, who is Nxasana’s sister, on charges relating to “child trafficking and forced marriage of a 13-year-old mildly mentally challenged girl.”

Court documents made available to journalists on Friday, reveals that Nxasana had forcefully married and raped the mentally disabled girl in connivance with Sibiya and Nomvo.

According to the the spokesperson of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Luxolo Tyali, the victim who is an orphan, was married off to Nxasana, in 2016, by one of her relatives.

“Evidence is that the victim was orphaned and lived with a relative in KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal,” Tyali said.

“The relative gave her up to her Sunday school teacher who was friends with Nomvo, the sister of the would-be husband.

“Nomvo took her to her daughter who lived in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape, where Bheki, who worked in Gqeberha, comes from.”

The NPA spokesman said investigations showed that Bheki, with the assistance of Nomvo, initiated “lobola” (customary marriage) negotiations and dowry payments were made in 2016.

“Bheki took the teenager to his house where he allegedly strangled and raped her repeatedly in the name of marriage.”

“The teenager was made to dress in newly married woman’s (makoti) traditional attire and lived at Bheki’s homestead where she worked as a new bride.”

“She managed to escape after the matter was reported to the police in April 2017 and the suspect was arrested.

“During the trial, all the accused claimed that they were not aware of the girl’s age when they entered her into a customary marriage and were not aware that they were acting unlawfully,” Tyali added.


Ugandan policewoman shot dead by civilian lover



A 23-year-old Ugandan policewoman, PC Caroline Komuhangi, has been shot dead by her civilian lover following an altercation.

The Kigezi regional police spokesperson, Elly Maate, who released a statement on the incident, said the suspect, Denis Arinaitwe, who has been arrested, shot Komuhangi on Sunday morning.

According to Maate, PC Komuhangi who was attached to the Kabale Police Field force Unit, was killed at her barracks residence behind the old Kabale police station.

“It’s alleged that on March 18, 2023, at around 6pm, the deceased signed for the gun and went for night duty. At around 6:30am on March 19, she reported back from duty and while she was resting, her man friend, Denis Arinaitwe, came in and the two picked a quarrel,” the police spokesman said.

“As Komuhangi tried to escape, the man friend picked her gun, thereby shooting her one bullet from the back and other two on the shoulder, killing her instantly,” Maate added.

He said the suspect was arrested by the police and taken to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital (KRRH) under guard.

“This was because he was also injured as he attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself through the nose,” Maate revealed.

Maate said that the exhibit of cartridges and blood stains on the rifle were recovered and a case of murder recorded at Kabale police station.

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Journalists detained for posting video of South Sudan President ‘peeing’ on himself freed



Seven South Sudanese journalists who have been in detention for circulating a video showing President Salva Kiir urinating on himself during the inauguration of a road project, have been released.

The journalists were arrested by the National Security Service in January and have been in detention since then despite pressure on the authorities by international and local human rights groups and activists.

The seven journalists with the state broadcaster were released on Saturday without being charged to court, according to a statement by the Union of Journalists of South Sudan who promised to do everything possible to get the remaining two reporters released.

“The union will continue to engage with all stakeholders in the country to ensure journalists work in a free and safe environment,” the journalists’ organization said.

The South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation had aired the offensive video footage in December which immediately went viral and was widely shared online.

The clip showed the 71-year-old Kiir standing during the national anthem and then looking down at what appeared to be a spreading stain, before the camera turned away from him.

One of the released journalists, Garang John, who posted on his Facebook page, said his health had been “totally compromised by the 60 days of confinement.”

“I am completely weak and tired, but it shall be well,” he wrote.

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