22 life sentences plus 245 years for serial rapist

2014-04-08 11:35

A serial rapist who was convicted of 21 counts of rape, murder, 17 kidnappings and five robberies has been sentenced to 22 life sentences and 245 years imprisonment.

The Secunda regional court in Mpumalanga handed down the sentence to Bheki Khumalo (33) yesterday afternoon.

Khumalo’s victims, aged between 12 and 60, were raped in the bushes about 8km outside Embalenhle township near Secunda.

He would tell the unsuspecting girls and women that his child had been robbed of money on the way to the shops and that they matched the child’s description of the culprits. He would tell them to go with him to the child so that they could explain themselves.

Khumalo would then convince them to walk out of the township into the bush where he raped them.

He would also target girls and women fetching firewood.

Some of his victims were amorous couples in cars. Khumalo threatened them with a panga and took their cellphones, cash, jewellery, jeans and their shoes.

Khumalo’s reign of terror lasted seven years until he was arrested on September 27 2010 after police detected that a handset stolen from one of the victims was in use.

They traced the phone and found it on his brother. That was their breakthrough after the forensic science laboratory had reported that the DNA profiles of cases from the area were identical.

During sentencing, Magistrate Victor Ball said: “You were a sexual predator that terrorised the community until your arrest. It is evident that such offences have long-lasting effect in memories of victims. You have stolen the dignity of the people you raped.”

Ball gave Khumalo a life sentence for each of the rapes, a life sentence for murder, 10 years for each kidnapping and 15 years for each robbery.

The sentences will not run concurrently.

Khumalo’s reign of terror

» April 25 2004: A 27-year-old woman walks to work at 5pm in Kinross. Khumalo forces her to the cemetery and rapes her

» November 12 2007: Khumalo finds four girls aged 12 years walking to school around 11am at Embalenhle. He rapes three of them

» November 17 2008: Khumalo finds two teenage girls aged 18 and 14 walking at Embalenhle. He claims he has to take them for questioning because his child was robbed of money. Khumalo rapes the 14-year-old and the other one flees

» July 28 2009: Khumalo finds six 12-year-old girls in Evander around 10am and accuses them of setting the veld on fire. Two manage to flee, he rapes another two and leaves the other two

» August 9 2009: Khumalo leads three women aged 24, 29 and 32 out of Embalenhle after alleging his child had lost money. He rapes two and leaves one because she was pregnant

» August 29 2009: A 38-year-old woman gets a lift from Kinross to Evander. Khumalo forces the driver to go to a bush in Evander and rapes the woman

» June 25 2010: A 34-year-old woman gets a lift from a Toyota Avanza with two men. One of the passengers forces the driver to drive out of town. The driver runs away and Khumalo rapes the woman

» August 8 2010: Khumalo finds two women around 8.30pm walking on the street at Embalenhle. One runs away and he takes the 28-year-old to a cemetery where he rapes her before stabbing her to death with a panga. Khumalo phones the woman’s mother-in-law and tells her where he left the victim to die

» August 15 2010: Two girls aged 17 and 13 are fetching firewood outside Embalenhle. Khumalo accuses them of trespassing. The 13-year-old flees and he rapes the other one

» August 25 2010: A 60-year-old granny and a 12-year-old girl fetch firewood outside Evander. Khumalo accuses them of steeling mine steel pipes and cables, and rapes both of them

» September 13 2010: Khumalo finds a 52-year-old man with his lover outside Embalenhle. He stabs the man with a panga and rapes the girlfriend

» September 27 2010: Khumalo finds a 34-year-old woman in a car with her boyfriend outside Embalenhle. He accuses them of stealing sheep. The man flees and he rapes the woman

» December 29 2010: Khumalo finds two 37-year-old lovers in a van in Evander. He says he is a farm security guard and takes them in for questioning for sheep theft. He rapes the woman

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