Sept 2023 1st edition

Justice for young rape victim

Written by Anele Zikali


Sergeant Zakhele Dlomo from the South African Police Service (SAPS) led the investigation that resulted in arrest of a high school principal who was recently handed a life sentence for repeatedly raping a 15-year-old boy.Rape victim

Mduduzi Ndlovu on numerous occasions raped the learner in his office in Vryheid, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Speaking to Vuk’uzenzele, Dlomo emphasised the  importance of rape victims immediately reporting their ordeals.

“Rape cases must be reported as soon as possible,” he said. Dlomo, who works at the Vryheid Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, urged victims of rape not to take a bath until a case has been opened, saying this helps the police to collect evidence needed in court.

“Victims must not take a bath before opening a case. Bathing takes away important evidence that is needed to prove a rape case.

“Evidence such as DNA is of utmost importance in properly investigating a case of rape and attaining a conviction. In cases where a child is a victim, the court depends mostly on DNA  to find the suspect guilty,” advised Dlomo.

In helping to reduce the high number of rape cases, Dlomo takes from his experience to draw the grueling picture of how common the crime is.

“We receive between three  and five cases of rape in a week, and of concern is that some of them are brought very late to our attention. This is mostly due to victims being afraid to report these cases,” he said. 

Many children are not safe in the hands of adults that they trust and those trusted by society to take care of them.

According to Dlomo, perpetrators usually take advantage of vulnerable children who come from poor backgrounds and offer them money and other basic needs.

keeping children safe

  • Parents should be involved in the daily lives of their children; they need to check upon their children regularly and strive to be their friends and ask them if they are okay. 
  • Parents should be open about sexual conversations with their children. 
  • Children that are five years and younger must never leave the sight of their parents, they must never be neglected and left to play unsupervised.
  • Parents should check their children during bath time in order to notice any signs of rape. 
  • Signs of rape may include change in the behavior and attitude of the child towards adults; some become shy whilst others become rude and violent.

Key Contacts: (FCS) Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences


Provincial Commander: Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Investigations

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Eastern Cape


082 4420 651

Free State


082 8547 501



082 4125 988



082 8268 976



082 4517 170



082 4652 359

North West


071 3539 137

Northern Cape


079 6951 719

Western Cape


082 8509 674

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