Victims ‘thrilled’ about suicide of rape accused

2013-07-26 12:57

Prosecutors have spoken of their bitter disappointment at the suicide of a serial child rape accused in Johannesburg but many of the victims were “thrilled”.

Sifiso Makhubo (42) hanged himself in his prison cell with a torn grey blanket, The Star reported. He was facing 122 charges of rape, kidnapping, robbery, murder and attempted murder.

The case was expected to set a legal precedent because it was the first time in South Africa that a rapist who knew his HIV-positive status had been charged with attempted murder.

He was accused of infecting several of his child victims with HIV.

“We had a duty to prove that he was well aware of his status and that he was well-informed and knew how HIV is transmitted and, therefore, prove that he did it intentionally. He knew of his condition and he intentionally transmitted it to his victims,” said National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Louw.

Investigating officer Detective Mokopu Maedi expressed his sadness about Makhubo’s suicide, saying: “This case took my life. My wife gave birth a month ago and I couldn’t take leave because I wanted to finish this.”

However, prosecutor Maro Papachristoforou described how many victims were thrilled when they heard the news that their tormentor had killed himself.

The matter has officially been struck off the roll.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.