The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has welcomed the hefty sentence meted out to 38-year-old Sthembiso Nathaniel Kubheka, a Pastor, who was arrested for sexually assaulting boys. The Witbank Regional Court handed down the sentence on Monday, 31 August 2020. The police were notified about Kubheka’s actions and they investigated the matter after cases were opened, where Kubheka was arrested on 27 January 2016. During trial, he could not succeed in defending himself against overwhelming evidence brought against him hence his well-deserved sentence which was handed down as follows:
Count 1 – rape, sentenced to 10 years
Count 2 – sexual assault, sentenced to 10 years
Count 3 – sexual assault, sentenced to 10 years
Count 4 – sexual assault, sentenced to 10 years
Count 5 – sexual assault, sentenced to 10 years.
When sentencing was handed down, the court indicated that Kubheka will not have an option to apply for parole on count 1, 2 and 3 but he will instead languish effectively in prison for 30 years. Meanwhile count 4 and 5 will run concurrently with count 1, 2 and 3. The accused was also found to be unfit to possess a firearm and his name will be entered into the register of sexual offenders.