Whittlesea unit lauded

TOAST OF THE TOWN: The Whittlesea family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit has claimed the top spot nationally in sexual offences convictions Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

THE Whittlesea police family violence, child protection and sexual offences (FCS) unit has been lauded as the best-performing in the country since being recognised during a ceremony in Pretoria.

FCS unit head Captain Sindile Tikipeni and his team of 11 police officers investigate cases of rape and sexual assault in the Whittlesea, Thornhill and Ntabethemba, Cathcart and Kleinbulhoek policing areas. Speaking to The Rep on Tuesday, Tikipeni said his team secured three life sentences in December last year.

The three life sentences related to incidents of rape in Ntabethemba and Tentergate.

“In the first incident a 14-year-old boy was raped by Thandolwethu Nyosana, 22, who broke into his home. He was sentenced to five years for housebreaking and to life in prison for rape,” Tikipeni said.

Another incident concerned an uncle who raped his niece on two separate occasions in Ntabethemba.

“The 10-year-old girl was first raped by her uncle, a 44-year-old man, in 2011. He then received bail and again in 2014 he raped the little girl. He was then sentenced to two life sentences for the two rapes,” he said.

Tikipeni said he congratulated hard work and rewarded his team.

“I work with a team of dedicated and disciplined members. Team work is central to the work we do.”

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