Durban - At least 203 suspects were arrested during the period of 16 Days of No Violence against Women and Children Campaign, Kwazulu Natal police said on Tuesday.
The campaign ran from November 25 to December 10. Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the suspects were arrested for a range of crimes including ìkidnapping, assaults GBH, protection orders, sexual assault, common robbery, abduction, attempted rape and rape casesî.
Zwane said a total of 32 sexual offence suspects were convicted in courts across the province. Four of them were handed life sentences. ìIt is gladly acknowledged that maximum sentences were handed down in most of these cases and that justice was delivered to the victimsî.
KZN Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the sentences fitted the crimes.
ìThe sentences that were handed down will send a clear message to would-be offenders that the police will trace, arrest and make sure that they present a thoroughly investigated docket to courts for prosecution. KwaZulu-Natal police will endeavour with all its resources to prevent crimes against women and children and make the province a safer place for everyone,î said Lt-Gen Ngobeni. African News Agency