The South African Police Service (SAPS) marks the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, spotlighting the remarkable endeavors of its law enforcement officers who relentlessly combat gender-based violence and feminism (GBVF).
Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell Nsele, a commendable member of the force attached to the KwaZulu Natal Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Investigations (FCS) unit, stands as a testament to these efforts.
Nsele, an experienced detective, oversees the operations of 25 FCS Units and supervises the Serial and Electronic Crimes (SECI) unit in KZN, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to combating GBVF.
Throughout his tenure, Nsele has achieved remarkable success in the prosecution of GBVF offenders, resulting in 180 life imprisonment sentences and an additional 6,473 years behind bars for perpetrators. His cases span a range of offenses including rape, sexual assault, attempted rape, assault causing grievous bodily harm (GBH), kidnapping, and abduction.
One notable case he led involved a 42-year-old primary school teacher from Dundee, sentenced to 23 years imprisonment for the repeated rape and sexual assault of eight learners, aged between 11 and 14, over a two-year period from 2015 to 2017. Nsele’s intervention put an end to the teacher’s appalling actions.
Expressing concern for the safety and well-being of learners, Nsele emphasized the necessity of creating a secure and nurturing educational environment.
“Our collaboration with the Department of Basic Education is crucial. We strive to educate schools about crime prevention, conduct searches for contraband like drugs, and most significantly, raise awareness on GBVF crimes. It’s imperative to highlight that a teacher’s involvement with learners is a criminal offense,” asserted Nsele.
Currently, Nsele is actively pursuing justice in two cases—one involving a father accused of raping his own daughter and another concerning a businessman terrorizing young men in KwaMsane. Both suspects are under police custody.
SAPS commends the dedicated efforts of officers like Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell Nsele, whose unwavering commitment to justice serves as a beacon of hope in the ongoing battle against gender-based violence in South Africa.