May 28, 2017

Man saved from prison term after exposing minor to porn

A Bloemfontein man this week narrowly escaped prison when he received a suspended five-year sentence after being found guilty by the Bloemfontein Regional Court of exposing a minor to pornographic material. Thabiso Joseph Seeco, 32, was arrested on September 27, 2014 after he was accused of showing explicit pornographic material to a boy then aged 10 years old, during a family gathering in Phahameng Township in Bloemfontein with the intention of grooming him for sex. During the five-year period, Seeco is not supposed to commit a crime of similar nature. His name will also be added to the Sexual Offences…

Special permits bring cheer to Basotho during Easter

Scores of Basotho holding South Africa special permits that allow them to work and study in the country say their compliance with the law has come with many benefits, including going home during the Easter holiday without any hassles. Unlike ordinary travellers whose passports are stamped whenever they cross the borders into South Africa, passports of holders of the Lesotho Special Permits (LSP) are only scanned for record keeping, thus saving them both time and pages in their travel documents. The LSP holders will only require to apply for new passports when their permits expire in 2019. One of the…

11 life terms for ‘wolf in sheep clothing’ rapist

Chained from the hips to the legs, Zondi stood emotionless and quietly watched as the magistrate went through the sentencing process A serial rapist who raped women and children in several towns in KwaZulu-Natal after offering them lifts, was on Wednesday sentenced to 11 life terms in prison. The neatly dressed Mhlabunzima Goodnews Zondi, 39, of Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, was described by Durban magistrate Lee Bonhomme as dangerous and a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. Zondi had pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment for each of the 11 counts of rape, five years’ imprisonment for each of the 11 counts…