The Bethulie Regional Court imposed a hefty prison sentence upon Siyabonga Advocate Maqwa after finding him guilty of intimidating, kidnapping and raping a 29-year-old woman on 20 June last year. On 24 July, the court sentenced Maqwa to serve 25 years in prison. He received five years for intimidation, ten years for kidnapping and 25 years for rape. According to Sgt Sinah Mpakane, provincial police spokesperson, the intimidation and kidnapping sentences will run concurrently. During the trial, the court discovered that the victim no longer had a love affair with Maqwa (34), and that he resorted to violent conduct because he could not accept being jilted by the woman. “According to findings, he and the victim were no longer in a relationship. “The incident occurred four months after they had separated,” said Mpakane. Maqwa kidnapped the victim and took her to a back room at his parents’ house. Mpakane said the victim was on her way to work when Maqwa accosted and threatened her with a knife. “He then reportedly undressed the victim by force before raping her multiple times,” said Mpakane. “The victim managed to escape the next morning when he went to the bathroom.” Mpakane said the victim then called her supervisor to ask for assistance. “The police accompanied the victim’s supervisor to fetch her. Maqwa was immediately arrested,” said Mpakane.