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Justice has been served, with a 33-year-old man facing a double-life sentence, for the rape of two women.
Taking place in Osizweni, KwaZulu-Natal, in April 2017 and September 2018—National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson Natasha Kara said that in the first instance, the man accosted a 17-year-old girl when she walked past him.
“He took her to his house, where he raped her twice and then fell asleep. She used her cellphone to contact her boyfriend who arrived at the scene with the police, and the accused was arrested. However, he absconded, and a warrant of arrest was issued.”
Then in September 2018, the man pounced on another young woman. This time, Kara pointed out, he contacted his victim after they had exchanged numbers at some stage.
“He went to her house in a taxi and transported her to his house. Even though she told him that she wanted to go home, he ignored her and raped her three times before falling asleep. While he was sleeping the woman contacted her family on her cellphone and they arrived with the police, subsequently arresting the man.”
In court, the fiend denied the charges, claiming that he was in a relationship with both women. He further denied having sexual intercourse with the women on the day of the offences. However, the rapist found that his story was not going to secure his freedom.
“The state, represented by Regional Court Prosecutor Bonginkosi Don Motha, led overwhelming DNA evidence against the man. Motha also led the testimonies of the complainants, their boyfriends, family members and the doctors who tended to them post-trauma. In her evidence, one complainant said that it was so awful to have to call your boyfriend to come fetch you when you had just been raped. The other said that she felt violated by the man’s actions.”
This all culminated in the Madadeni Regional Court sentencing the rapist to two life sentences.
Additionally, Kara said that the court ordered that his name be entered into the National Register of Sexual Offenders.
“The National Prosecuting Authority welcomes this successful prosecution. It is our mandate to prosecute and get justice for all. We hope that this sentence will deter like-minded individuals and we commend the prosecutor and the police on a job well done,” concluded Kara.
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