Umlazi rapist jailed for 45 years

By Drum Digital
07 June 2013

A man in KwaZulu-Natal was sentenced to 45 years at Umlazi Regional Court reported Sapa on Friday.

"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," spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane told Sapa.

Sipho Gladman Mkhwanazi, 40, 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 then assault the men with the knife, and chase them away, and rape the women in the nearby bushes

Mkhwanazi would then keep the cellphones and let the women go.

"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 arrests have been reported in the area since the arrest of Mkhwanazi

Source: Sapa

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