JCPS Cluster welcomes Rhodes Park sentencing

Pretoria – The Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster has welcomed a court ruling on the Rhodes Park trio who were sentenced to four life sentences each.

On Friday, the Gauteng High Court found Admore Ndlovu, Thabo Nkala and Mduduzi Mathibela guilty of murder, rape and robbery. The trio were sentenced to four life sentences.

In 2015, the trio drowned two men and gang raped their partners and robbed them of their belongings at Rhodes Park, in Johannesburg.

Acting Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Faith Muthambi, applauded law enforcement agencies as well as the judiciary.

“We applaud the efforts of the law enforcement agencies, the prosecuting authority and the judiciary. Despite the long-wait for justice, the families of the victims can rest assured that no stone was left unturned in the case,” said Minister Muthambi.

She further gave credit to the forensic team and investigators for their skills and expertise which brought finality to the matter.

“We are optimistic that this soundproof verdict will convey strong messages and serve as a deterrent to other perpetrators,” she said.

The Cluster said the criminal justice system will continue with its fight against crime including abuse, adding that it is time that all members of society including NGOs, and the business community amongst others come together to rid the nation of criminal activities.

“Government will not allow rape and murder to continue and we remain confident that law enforcement agencies will bring perpetrators to book and face the full wrath of the law.

“Society needs to change their mind set about the dignity to life and respect for each other. As indicated in the National Development Plan safety is a core human right and we need to work together to achieve Vision 2030 wherein all people are and feel safe,” said Minister Muthambi.

The Cluster reiterated its call to the public to continue partnering with government in creating a safer and healthier environment for communities to thrive.

Source: South African Government News Agency