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Triple rapist gets 75 years in jail

2012-08-29 13:08

Johannesburg - A man who raped and robbed three women in KwaZulu-Natal has been sentenced to 75 years in jail, police said on Wednesday.

Captain Thulani Zwane said Xolani Paris Thwala, 31, appeared in the Dukuza High Court in Bergville on Tuesday.

"He was sentenced to 15 years in jail for each rape and 10 years for each robbery," said Zwane.

In three separate incidents between September 2010 and March 2011, Thwala promised three women that he would get employment for them at a newly opened Mpathi Mountain hotel, in Dundee.

He then arranged to take them to the hotel. On their way to the hotel, he turned against them, forcing them into the bushes where he raped and robbed them of their cellphones and cash at knifepoint.

The victims opened cases at Dundee police station and the Dundee Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit started their investigation which led to Thwala's arrest in March 2011.

The KZN provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the police for their excellent investigation that led to the conviction and sentencing of the accused.

"This conviction will send a strong message to those criminals who target and rape women who cannot defend themselves," she was quoted as saying by Zwane.

Comments
  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 13:19

    Good job police, but our justice system is screwed up! Those sentences will probably run concurrent and the bastard will be out in 15 years! 10 Years maybe for good behaviour...

      procold2 - 2012-08-29 13:57

      at least he is off the street for awhile, still a waste of money to house and feed this creep, should get death by stoning, no cure for thse people mind is already screwed best medicine is the noose.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 14:16

      @ procold2 - Prison I think makes criminals even more hardcore than what they were. It's fit in or get raped, robbed or beaten in prison. A lot of of petty criminals even join gangs for protection and when they get out they commit even worse crimes than before! We seriously need the death penalty back!!!! BRING IT BACK PLEASE!!!!! A criminal will think twice about killing or raping someone if they know they will get executed if caught...

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-29 14:00

    send that judge to JHb to oversee The Sunday Rapist case.

  • jacqueskleinloog - 2012-08-29 14:09

    12 years for murder, 10 for robbery and 15 for rape.....where is the balance/guideline in our justice system? By the looks of it it is better to murder your rape victim as your sentence will be less...WTF!

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-08-29 14:46

    Job well done by the police, but the justice system still stinks. On top of the prison time, they should be flogged in Public, now, this will sent a message to the rapists.

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