105-year sentence for taxi driver lauded

2013-06-13 17:23

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Johannesburg - The government on Thursday welcomed the 105-year jail sentence imposed on a taxi driver for robbery, assault, and raping 14 women.

"The ruling in this case is a lesson to other perpetrators who commit crimes against children and women in particular," government spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement.

"And [it] sends a stringent message that criminal activities are not tolerated in this country, and the law will always take its course."

In the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg Acting Judge Naren Pandya sentenced Vuledzani Ramulifho to the three life terms and 30 years in prison on Wednesday.

He committed the crimes in 2010.

Ramulifho lured women into his taxi in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, by pretending he would take them home.

He then pepper-sprayed their faces, robbed them, and sexually assaulted or raped them.

The 105-year sentence was derived from three life terms for three of the rape counts, 10 years on four other rape charges, 10 years for 10 counts of robbery, five years for 13 counts of rape, and five years for escaping from lawful custody.

- SAPA
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