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Mokonyane: Rapists have serious sickness

2012-07-19 22:25

Johannesburg - Two men convicted of raping two paramedics have "a serious sickness", Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Thursday.

"To attack a paramedic who is on duty signals a most serious sickness on the part of such criminals. It's the worst thing to do," she said in a statement.

Richard Tshifhiwa Luruli, 29, and Michael Khorombi, 30, were sentenced to eight life terns each by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Judge Sherise Erica Wiener ordered that they run concurrently.

Both were also jailed for 35 years, to be served consecutively, for robbery, compelling another to commit a sexual act, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Luruli and Khorombi raped the paramedics when they were tending to a toddler with burn wounds in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, in March 2010.

Welcoming the stiff sentences, Mokonyane said she hoped they would deter other criminals and serve as consolation to other health workers.

"Even in conflict situations, warring parties do give safe passage to members of the health fraternity to carry out their duties to treat the injured."

Paramedics should not have to worry about being attacked by criminals when attending to the sick "even in the middle of the night".

Mokonyane praised the police work which led to the successful prosecution of Luruli and Khorombi.

The Health Professions Council of SA also welcomed the sentences.

"The council strongly condemns the dastardly deeds by these perpetrators," said Raveen Naidoo, chairperson of the Professional Board for Emergency Care, a body registered with the council.

"These practitioners fulfil a critical role in caring for the vulnerable members of society in an emergency situation and therefore should not fear for their own safety, nor that of their patients," he said.

Comments
  • rickvcooper - 2012-07-20 00:32

    And, under the ANC government, these filthy individuals have the same voting right as me - a productive tax-paying citizen. A government of filth, for filth, by filth.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-03-27 15:18

      That a criminal could be entitled to any human rights always baffled me,as the criminal stripped his victim of any human rights he had, but is afforded such rights under the law. But having voting rights as well can only be a creation of a government without feelings for the sufferings of victims of crime.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-20 00:48

    It's not a sickness, it's a syndrome. They are suffering from a severe copper and lead deficiency. There are a wide variety of tablets on the market to remedy the problem.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-20 00:58

      Ja, nice ones with hollow points and fragments of china.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 03:53

      Rapists should be castrated. Period. There is no excuse.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-03-27 15:19

      Yes, it's called bullets.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-20 01:02

    Rape used to carry the death penalty. Guess who changed that. And guess who continues to support it's abolishment ...

      nokuthula.hlatshwayo.37 - 2012-07-20 06:34

      Zooomer aka showerman

      Msika - 2012-07-20 16:16

      Some call him "Zeeper", "the Spear", "Shower Head"

  • mmredlana - 2012-07-20 01:09

    So is Jacob Zuma.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-20 01:18

    Not all of rapists. Some just have shower afterwards and walk on clean.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-07-20 02:58

    It's an unfortunate consequence of living in a patriarchal society; we have this so-called moralistic attitude to nudity, same sex-marriages, drugs, pornography ... - yet the worst evil is misogyny - which is hidden under the guise of so-called culture. Rape has nothing to do with sexual desire - it's about the violent and mindless assertion of men's physical power. No law is going to change that attitude - perhaps if we didn't have a President who carries on the way he does, we might be taking step - albeit small - in the right direction; our next president should be a woman.

  • jakes.cakedregs - 2012-07-20 03:10

    How utterly sick is a society that kills a petty robber mob style, but lets rapusts go free! How desperately insane is a government that calls the crime of rape a sckness!

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-03-27 15:31

      To qoute: "We hang the petty thieves, and appoint the great ones to public office" (Acsop)

  • aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 03:52

    That number would include our president, Mr Zoomer! I reckon every rapist should be castrated.

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-20 07:23

      You are out of order, Sir.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 19:20

      J.Stephen.Whiteley -: Eish masta I not a se, I a medem

  • aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 03:58

    "Sickness" would imply that it is potentially curable, but with our esteemed leader as a prime example I doubt that the disease could be cured other than by a short rope or a rubber necklace.

  • Michael - 2012-07-20 05:17

    And what are you doing about rapist when covicted? Giving them delicious food, they must get so called balance diet, if they had chicken today the following day it must be beef and vegetables,on top of that they must get quality eduation and no shortage of books in jail, who is actualy sick here?

  • marumobongani - 2012-07-20 05:26

    everything is all time high poverty,crime and joblessness plus the libido ay ay ay mzansi come on

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 19:27

      I would prefer to make them paint the white lines on the highway during rush hour, or clean the latrines in Orange Farm, where they have just built 25 new houses (wow). I wonder when the other 20 000 shackdwellers will get their houses.

  • marumobongani - 2012-07-20 05:26

    everything is all time high poverty,crime and joblessness plus the libido ay ay ay mzansi come on

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 19:28

      Maybe they should all go and see the short sighted Russian urologist, Dr Kutzitoff.

  • Michael - 2012-07-20 05:32

    Criminals and some politicians in our country do as they wish because there are no serious concequences for bad behaviour, instead there are rewards for recless behaviour. We need to review the rights of criminals or else crime wont go down.

  • lana.crous - 2012-07-20 05:48

    Hmmmm, wonder if they have the same 'sickness' as all the other dastardly rapists who rape civilian women? Think this needs investigation... Please make these heavy sentences a benchmark for all rapists, whether they rape health workers, someone's granny, mother, sister or even a sex worker! Oh, and please don't let them out of prison when the president feels it's time to try and gather voters at election time by showing how sympathetic he is....

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 19:30

      Maybe women should retaliate, by learning a bit of self defence. Kick them in the balls, bite their ears (or noses or dicks), kick their shins, aim a nice right fist into the spleen. the only man who tried to rape me should be still be singing soprano but he as sure as hell never fathered a child when I was finished with him.

  • sazi.radebe - 2012-07-20 05:51

    The government isn't helping much either, they've opened our border gates for the whole of africa to come here these two animals don't even sound south african just by looking at their surnames yet we are being forced to accept all these foreign criminals

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-03-27 15:40

      We the dumping ground for criminals from Pakistan, India and Africa. and the government cannot understand why people are xenophobic?.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-07-20 06:05

    Some rapist are hero's in our communities and political organisation,nonkonyana don't be selective

  • werners13 - 2012-07-20 06:18

    Scum of the earth!

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-07-20 06:19

    Firestone Necklace for Free

      marumobongani - 2012-07-20 06:21

      that would a nice winter warmer

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-20 06:40

    Its not a sickness!!! Criminals aren't afraid of the relaxed laws we have in this country. There is no death penality and if they get caught they get to spend a nice long life with a roof over their heads and 3 meals a day. How is such a sentence going to scare anyone?

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 19:31

      Special cure: a nice lump of lead with a pretty copper jacket place right between the eyes.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-07-20 06:44

    Sick filthy ma n@@iers!

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 19:33

      Now now, don't be a racist. I agree they are mostly of that ilk, but I have seen a few of other shades as well. I just think all rapists, irrespective of race, colour or political standing should be castrated and then made to pain the white lines on the highway at rush hour. That should scare them white.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-20 06:52

    great sentence, if it were going to stick. they will probably walk in 10 to 15 years. this is exactly why the death penalty must come back!!!

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-07-20 06:59

    Eish sista, for sickness there is medicine.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-20 19:34

      Yup! special lead pills with copper jackets

  • tebogo.shilote - 2012-07-20 07:15

    All rape cases should be given harsh sentences regardless of who u are in the community. Good job to the police and justice system as whole.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-03-27 15:43

      If they're caught.

  • Chris - 2012-07-20 07:22

    ‘ sickness’ crims are confident that the can buy them selves out of the system and the government of south Africa gives lip service to crime especially rape . The ‘sickness” is at government and leadership level, and condones latent disruption of civil society to remove the focus from their total inability to implement the laws and rules that they formulate.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-20 07:44

      I totally agree!! There is definitely something that makes these criminals believe that they will get away with it even if they are caught. Maybe them going to jail is 'getting away' with it!! Maybe some psychologists should be assigned to convicted violent criminals and understand what exactly is wrong with the system!!! Either, many of them are getting away with it (unreported cases), or the sentences are too lenient (which doesn't make sense because I wouldn't want to lose a couple of years of freedom for a couple of minutes of sex that is not even that great) either way, you are right, there's definitely something wrong with the system!!!!

  • 6Lady6Cadaver6 - 2012-07-20 07:40

    An animal with a serious sickness should be put down...

      sazi.radebe - 2012-07-20 07:44

      Well said!

  • siliziwem - 2012-07-20 07:44

    In this country, you can get shot while getting shot!

  • mark.vanderheever - 2012-07-20 07:46

    They should have been castrated. May there asses be ripped a part in jail!

  • rochelle.kruger.14 - 2012-07-20 08:00

    we are all getting raped in this country one way or the other. Others physical and others in other ways. We being screwed over daily. come voting time the majority still votes these people in so who is really sick?

  • Pieter Baartman - 2012-07-20 08:11

    What does life sentence mean? I frequently hear criminals get life sentences but get released after 10 or 15 years and why do they call it life when the criminals know that they will soon be out anyway.

  • zakhele.nkosi.54 - 2012-07-20 08:19

    A rapist has more priviledges in our constitution than an ordinary law abiding citizen. They have roof over their head, 3 meals a day, Dstv channels, free education and skills development. Our government can't render these services to their well behave citizens, the text saga in Limpopo, the lessons under a tree in Eastern Cape, and Jub Jub Marohanye still has been sentenced for killing 4 innocent school children and distroying the lives of 6 families with his friend Themba Tshabalala. The law seems to favour criminals in our Country it's sickening! S'bu Ndebele just announced that he's going to intensify training and educating of prisoners, how about earning that priviledge 1st mr E-toll Minister, haven't you heard enough of stealing from our taxpayers pockets. Who pays for the prisoners education?

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-20 08:21

    Ja, they are unwell. But it's nothing that some minor surgery in the groin area cannot fix.

  • Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-07-20 08:26

    If they walk after 10 or 15 years, let's wait for them..... Kind of a reunion.

  • francois.grobler - 2012-07-20 08:33

    I a cure for the illness! It is administered in the of a 9mm lead pill moving at super sonic speed applied directly to the brain.

  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-07-20 08:37

    The entire F@cking Government is SICK for not bringing back the Death Penalty for these creatures. When will you realise they cannot be rehabilitated???????????????????? WAKE UP MAN!!!, YOU COULD HAVE SAVED SO MANY VICTIMS FROM THIS TRAGEDY! BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jakes.duplessis - 2012-07-20 09:19

    They get life sentences which I 100% agree with, well castration would have been better, but the rapist which raped the lady in Blouberg Strand in front of her 2 year old autistic son gets only 15 years. They should all get multiple life sentences.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-03-27 15:46

      They should be castrated and then sentenced to life.

  • joanita.hilton - 2012-07-20 09:20

    So they have an illness...cure it by way of leathal injection

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-07-20 10:09

    Bullsh*t, they're criminals - nothing more, nothing less. The cANCer are so used to making excuses for their incompetent and useless cadres, supporters and members that they can't tell the difference between a criminal and a taxpayer.

  • robynnekim.els - 2012-07-20 11:15

    Sickness? I thought a sickness was something that you got not something you CHOSE to do!

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-20 11:47

    And you magogo you have a serious sickness of wearing mini skirts and exposing your wrinkled knees and thighs. How disgusting and sick of you!!! Why can't you just grow up and show some maturity??? We don't wanna see your unsexiness but we as people of Gauteng want to see your work and full commitment to the community not cadreship!!! As for the rapist they are not sick it's just that they can't control their urge. Every man has an urge but we don't go acting on it. It's been estimated that men think about sex every seven seconds - or 8,000 times in 16 waking hours. Imagine if all of us acted on the urge everyday of our lives??? Shame poor ladies!!!

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-07-20 11:53

    how i wish this can apply to all rapists & child rapists, SA justice system favors.

  • Msika - 2012-07-20 16:10

    Bring back the death penalty...These two scums do not deserve to live. Oxygen thieves!!

  • Msika - 2012-07-20 16:21

    They learn from their leaders...They probably took a shower after commiting the crime.

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