'Birthday rapist' conviction welcomed

By Drum Digital
06 August 2013

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe welcomed the conviction of the so-called "birthday rapist" Mlungisi Mtshali on Tuesday.

He was convicted on 122 charges, including rape, kidnapping, and theft.

"The minister also commended the young ladies who had the courage to come forward when the image of the accused was flighted on TV," his ministry said in a statement.

"This is justice manifestly seen to be done and we hope that he will receive a lengthy sentence that fits the crimes committed."

Mtshali was dubbed the "birthday rapist" because he reportedly told his victims it was his birthday and invited them to celebrate with him at a nearby restaurant or bar.

He would later ask them to accompany him, in a metered taxi, to fetch his sister or a friend in Hillbrow or central Johannesburg, where he lured the women into a hotel room and raped them.

He was arrested in Pietermaritzburg in March last year after it was discovered that he had been "erroneously released" by correctional services in February.

He was convicted in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

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