Serial killer gets 14 life sentences
Johannesburg - Serial killer, rapist and robber Sello Alfred Phalane was given 14 life sentences by the Middelburg High Court on Thursday, Limpopo police said.
The 52-year-old was found guilty on five counts of murder, five counts of rape and four counts of robbery, Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said.
"The sentences will run concurrently."
Acting Limpopo commissioner, Major General Benny Ntlemeza, welcomed the ruling.
"The sentence will serve as a deterrent to would-be killers, rapists and robbers."
Phalane raped, robbed and killed five women between 2008 and 2009 in the Dennilton area.
His first victim, Eva Lekalakala, 41, was killed in June 2008. Her remains were found at Spitpunt, in Dennilton. She was identified through DNA tests.
Josephine Manamela, 38, was killed in August 2008 and her decomposed body found at Ga Maria village.
In February 2009, the naked body of an unknown woman, aged about 30, was found in the bushes at Driefontein, in Dennilton.
His fourth victim, Margaret Seretlo, 41, was found at Driefontein in July 2009, as was his fifth victim Elizabeth Kobe, 36.
Phalane was arrested while selling CDs at a taxi rank in Zebediela in September 2009.