Deny serial rapist bail – ANCWL

2010-12-03 11:21

The ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) said today that serial rape accused Mlungisi Mtshali should be denied bail and should get a “maximum sentence”. Mtshali briefly appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today.

A relaxed Mtshali is facing about 20 counts of rape, kidnapping, assault and robbery.

Prosecutor Carina Coetzee requested that Mtshali be “held at a high-security facility at the Johannesburg Police Station for two weeks for an identification parade and for DNA samples to be taken”.

He would appear in court on December 10 so that an order could be made for him to be detained at the high-security facility. The case was postponed to February 28 for further investigation.

Coetzee said four more women had come forward after seeing Mtshali’s photo on television. This brings the number of complainants to 13.

She said police had several photos of the accused that were taken by the complainants and video footage from the hotels that the accused allegedly took his victims to.

Mtshali allegedly raped women aged between 19 and 21 from August this year. He was arrested on November 12 in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal.

It is alleged that he would ask a group of women to accompany him to celebrate his birthday and would later ask one of them to accompany him to fetch his friend or sister.

It is suspected that he then took his victim to a hotel room where he would rape her.

Members of the ANCWL attended this morning’s court appearance.

The ANCWL Johannesburg regional organiser Bontle Setshogoe said the league opposed bail and wanted the alleged rapist to be “sentenced to a maximum sentence in prison”.

She said: “We are so angry. He is not fit to be in society.”

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