Serial rapist served a double life sentence

By Drum Digital
23 August 2014

Mashigo, a 34 year-old hawker, raped three schoolgirls and two women at gunpoint after breaking into their homes.

Oupa Mashigo was sentenced  to life imprisonment for raping two girls, aged 12 and 15, and 118 years' imprisonment on 14 further charges ranging from rape to kidnapping, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

His double life sentences were served to him by Judge Mmonoa Teffo at the High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

One 18-year-old victim was still at school when Mashigo raped her twice after breaking into her house in KwaMahlanga where she lived with her two younger siblings after the death of their parents.

He had dragged his 15-year-old victim from the bed where she was asleep and raped her in bushes outside her house.The orphans had to move out of the home where they grew up, out of fear that Mashigo would return.

A social worker says she still had panic attacks and nightmares about the incident.

His 12-year-old victim was not only physically injured but now has symptoms of post-traumatic stress and distrusts her own brothers.

One of his adult victims had to move out of her home and went to live with church members because she feared Mashigo's return.

Judge Teffo described Mashigo's deeds as cruel and senseless. She said she did not believe he had shown any true remorse.

"You targeted female homesteads where you ensured there would be no resistance. You took advantage and disrespected vulnerable members of our society," she said.

"You invaded their privacy, murdered their self-respect and destroyed their physical and mental integrity and security. Your actions have haunted them and their families and subjected them to mental torment for the rest of their lives. They will never be the same."

Teffo said Mashigo'stook away the self-respect, dignity and sense of security this victims once had.

"They now have to watch their movements and lock themselves in their homes, even during the day. They live in fear. Their lives have drastically changed.They cannot live freely and peacefully in their homes as before. They do not trust anyone. ," she said.

Teffo said serial rapists and murderers were regarded by society as inherently evil and were the most feared and loathed criminals in society, which demanded protection from the courts against them.


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