Man rapes teen while out on bail for raping another teen

2015-11-10 17:40
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Durban – A man who was released on bail after raping a 13-year-old girl, was found to have raped a second woman while waiting for his trial to get under way.

Simanga Mugabe Khumalo, also known as Smanga Mazibuko, has now been convicted of both crimes.

He was sentenced to two life terms in the Ladysmith Regional Court - one for each crime. 

Khumalo was initially charged with the rape of the 13-year-old before the additional charge was added. In the second incident, Khumalo was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman while out on bail for the first incident.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said the first incident took place during November 2013 when Khumalo "lured his victim into a donga" in the Peacetown area and raped her.

"The horrific incident was witnessed by three of the victim’s friends. Two days later detectives from the Ladysmith Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) arrested and detained the suspect. He appeared before court and was remanded into custody. He later applied for bail and was released.

"Before his trial could commence, he committed the same offence again. This time his victim, who was 19 years old, was taken to his house where he raped her. He then threatened to kill her if she reported the rape."

Naicker said the incident was only reported to police four months later.

"When the case was reported, the Ladysmith FCS Unit immediately started tracing the man, knowing that he was out on bail. Police ensured that he was behind bars the very next evening, where he remained in custody until his cases were finalised in court on 4 November 2015."

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the sentences.

"We hope that it will send a strong message to other would-be rapists who target our vulnerable women and children," she said.

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