SAPS reiterates commitment to protecting women and children

Thursday, November 30, 2023

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is observing the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign by highlighting the great work of its men and women in blue, who continue to secure lengthy jail terms for perpetrators of gender-based violence and feminism (GBVF).

Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell Nsele is one such outstanding member, attached to the KwaZulu Natal Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Investigations (FCS) unit.

The seasoned detective is responsible for monitoring all the 25 FCS Units, as well as the monitoring and overseeing of the Serial and Electronic Crimes (SECI) unit in KZN.

During his career, Nsele has secured 180 life imprisonment sentences and an additional 6 473 years in prison for GBVF perpetrators.

These cases include rape, sexual assault, attempted rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), kidnapping and abduction.

He was the lead investigator when a 42-year-old primary school teacher from Dundee was sentenced to 23 years imprisonment for raping and sexually assaulting learners.

Eight primary school learners, who are aged between 11 and 14 years of age, were often raped repeatedly between 2015 and 2017 by the teacher, until Nsele put a stop to the teacher’s activities.

Nsele said the teaching and learning environment should be an environment, where learners feel free and are safe from harm.

“We are working together with the Department of Basic Education to raise awareness in schools on crime. We search for things like drugs, and other illicit goods. Most importantly, we raise awareness through our social crime prevention unit on GBVF crimes and that it is a crime for a school teacher to get involved with learners,” said Nsele.

Nsele has two cases before court, where a father raped his biological daughter and where a businessman from KwaMsane was terrorising young men in the area. Both suspects are in police custody. –