NPA: Heart goes out to child rape victims

2013-07-25 12:00
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Johannesburg - Prosecutors spent more than a year preparing for the trial of a serial child rapist who hanged himself just hours before he was to appear in court on Thursday.

Sifiso Makhubo, 42, who was alleged to have raped 33 children and infected eight of them with HIV, was found dead in his cell by police, eNCA reporter Karyn Maughan said on Thursday.

He also allegedly raped two women.

Makhubo hanged himself in his cell at Sun City prison. It is unclear what he hanged himself with.

It is alleged that Makhubo held his victims at knife or gun point while raping them.

He faced 118 charges of rape, kidnapping, attempted murder through HIV and robbery. His youngest rape accuser was aged just 10-years-old, Maughan said.

National Prosecuting Athority spokesperson Phindi Louw told Maughan: “The case against Sifiso Makhubo took a huge amount of effort to bring to court. My heart goes out to the victims.”

The crimes took place in Kathorus, east of Johannesburg, between 2006 and 2011, when Makhubo was arrested.
He was already a convicted rapist at the time of his arrest in 2011. Healso knew he was HIV positive.

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