Five life sentences for ‘monster’ rapist

2016-09-14 06:00

A TRADITIONAL healer, who used his status in the community to rape and abuse four teenagers, was sentenced to five life sentences plus 10 years, in the Pietermaritzburg High Court last week.

Last October the Greytown Gazette reported that Sibusiso Siyabonga Ndawonde had been arrested on charges of multiple rape.The so-called nyanga from Msinga had, during July and August 2015, repeatedly raped four young males between the ages of 17 and 19 at his home.

It was reported he had approached the families of these boys saying he had received a “prophecy” that they would be bewitched and become ill, but he could cure them if they went to live with him so he could treat them using traditional medicines. Ndawonde used the same approach to lure all four teens into his “trap’’.

Three of the boys were from Msinga and one was from Kranskop and were taken in at different times during the two months.
At the nyanga’s home he would talk the victims into entering his traditional practice room to be healed. Kept shut in this room each of the four were then raped continually with the nyanga telling them this was the only way in which they could heal and be cured of the bad omens he said they possessed.

One of the boys managed to audio record the nyanga asking the victim to have sexual intercourse with him. Another victim, a 16-year-old managed to escape back home and his mother opened a case at the Msinga police station.
Greytown FCIS were alerted and went to the homestead where they found another two teens in the traditional healing room, both of whom were physically and emotionally traumatised and intimidated, but who also identified Ndawonde as the rapist.

Ndawonde was arrested at his homestead and bail was denied. A number of cases of rape were opened against him by the victims. The case was transferred from Greytown Regional Court to the Pietermaritzburg High Court for trial where last week the judge imposed five life sentences and 10 years’ on the “monster” rapist.

Captain K. Budloo, the FCIS Unit Commander welcomed the sentence handed down to the accused, and thanked Constable Mavis Mbatha, Constable Sakhi Dumakude and Advocate Singh for the teamwork and commitment which had ensured that this “monster” rapist has been handed down a penalty he well deserved for the horrendous crimes he had committed.

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