Dedicated constable went out of her way to successfully prosecute serial rapist

Dedicated constable went out of her way to successfully prosecute serial rapist

- Constable Ngwenya ensured the successful prosecution of serial rapist Shadrack Chauke

- Her investigation took 6 months and she even hosted some of the victims at her home

- A court handed Chauke multiple life sentences

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A determined Constable Nompilo Ngwenya used all her investigative skills to bring a dreaded serial rapist to book.

Briefly.co.za learned that for six months, Ngwenya went after 25-year-old Shadrack Chauke with dogged persistence.

Chauke was the main suspect in a string of 17 rapes in Tembisa, Gauteng, that took place over a period of four years.

Constable Nompilo Ngwenya. Source: Sowetan Live

Constable Nompilo Ngwenya. Source: Sowetan Live

Ngwenya, 35, arrested Chauke on Christmas Eve in 2015 while investigating a case of rape. She spent Christmas Day at Tembisa Police Station to help get his DNA samples.

In March 2016, Chauke's DNA linked him to 16 other victims. This led to the reopening of cases that had gone cold.

Ngwenya tirelessly reached out to all the victims, many of whom had moved on with their lives and did not wish to reopen old wounds. Fortunately, she managed to convince them to testify.

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She even had to host some of them at her home because they had moved out of Tembisa to other provinces and didn't have a place to stay during the case.

Her efforts finally paid off when the South Gauteng High Court sentenced Chauke to 25 life sentences and 254 years for his crimes. Speaking to Sowetan Live, Ngwenya said:

I was so determined to crack this case that I was willing to go the extra mile. I never dreamt about being a police officer but now there is no place I would rather be.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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