Knife-wielding rapist slapped with four life sentences

17 August 2018 - 07:44
By Nomahlubi Jordaan
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The Pretoria High Court has sentenced a Mpumalanga man to four life sentences for raping women aged between 15 and 21.

Siyabonga Matholenge‚ 28‚ was sentenced by the Pretoria High Court‚ sitting in Nelspruit‚ for terrorising the community between 2011 and 2014.

He was sentenced on six counts of rape and received a life sentence for four‚ and 20 and 10-year jail terms for the other two. The sentences will run concurrently.

“In his reign of terror‚ he robbed‚ assaulted and raped a number of women aged between 15 and 21. In some instances he committed the acts of crime with his accomplice‚ who is still on the police’s list of wanted persons‚” the police said.

“Amongst the incidents‚ is one where Matholenge together with an accomplice accosted two girls‚ aged between 15 and 16‚ at knife point and forced them to a playground. They then robbed the victims of their cellphones‚ assaulted and took turns raping them repeatedly.”

In another incident‚ Matholenge assaulted and stabbed a woman who was walking with her neighbour. He then dragged the 20-year-old woman to a nearby bush and raped her.

“Matholenge also went into a certain house at Kanyamazane‚ where he broke the door‚ held a 21-year-old woman at knife point and raped her‚” the police said.