Umlazi rapist jailed for 45 years

2013-06-07 13:26

A man has been sentenced to 45 years in jail by the Umlazi Regional Court, KwaZulu-Natal police have said.

“A bogus security guard who was terrorising couples at Umlazi Mega City Park in 2011 and 2012 has finally been convicted and sentenced to a total of 45 years imprisonment,” spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said today.

Sipho Gladman Mkhwanazi (40) was found guilty of four counts of rape on Tuesday.

Mkhwanazi would pose as a security guard at Mega City Park in Umlazi, approach couples at the park, and threaten to arrest them, Zwane said.

He would assault the men with a knife, chase them away, and rape the women in nearby bushes.

He would then keep the cellphones and let the women go, Zwane said.

“In the last incident, in January 2012, a woman who was with her boyfriend was raped by the same accused in the bushes. When she was released by the accused, she saw a Durban metro police van in the vicinity and reported the matter to them.

“They started their search in the bushes using their police dogs and the accused was found and arrested. He was found in possession of seven cellphones suspected to be taken from other victims he raped,” Zwane said.

No further rape cases were reported in the area after his arrest.

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