Alleged serial rapist may face 97 charges

2012-05-09 22:17

Johannesburg - As many as 97 charges could eventually be brought against an East Rand man already facing 33 counts of rape and of attempted murder, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

When the matter was initially placed on the court roll, DNA from the man could be linked to 33 cases, prosecutor Joyce Xakaza told the Alberton Magistrate's Court.

She said forensic evidence gathered since then connected him to dozens of other crimes.

Asked how many, she told the magistrate: "In a nutshell, in the high court there will be plus-minus 97 charges laid against the accused."

At the moment, the accused had been linked by DNA to 40 other cases, but this number could rise.

"Other charges include attempted murder and other sexual offences," Xakaza said.

The man cannot be named at this stage as he has not pleaded yet to the charges against him.

Case dockets

Magistrate Janice Saulse postponed the matter to May 14, for the defence to make a formal application for access to the case dockets and for the State to decide what they would furnish.

"We are not setting a date for formal bail application," she said.

Xakaza said investigations would continue and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) asked for three months in order to draft the indictment.

"Give us enough time to investigate the matter... It's a huge and big case that needs to be investigated properly," she said.

"I must indicate that the matter is still under investigation, taking into consideration that we have more than 33 dockets to go through," Xakaza said.

Earlier, the defence said it could not continue with the bail application unless it had details of the charges against the 40-year-old man.

"The defence can't proceed with the bail application, and wishes to request a copy of the contents of the case docket or the indictment," Legal Aid Board attorney Londiwe Shange told the court.

"The defence can't be rushed into a bail application without knowing the complexity of the charges."

The State objected, saying the indictment and contents of the docket could only be made available for the purposes of a plea or trial.

However, Saulse ruled that copies of the documents be made available to the defence.

Stood passively

"The applicant should be granted access to parts of the State's documents.... The court will order that the State has the right to deny access [only] to parts of the docket that will interfere with investigations or State witnesses," said Saulse.

The man wore a red T-shirt and torn blue jeans at Wednesday's appearance. He stood passively as court proceedings ran their course.

He is accused of raping 33 girls between the ages of 10 and 14. He also faces 33 counts of attempted murder.

The man was arrested in Eden Park at the end of January after one of his alleged victims followed him home and alerted the police.

The girls, who are from Katlehong, Thokoza, and Vosloorus, on the East Rand, were apparently lured into the veld and raped between 2007 and 2011.

Outside the court, a small group of protesters gathered under the banner of Women and Men Against Child Abuse.

Spokesperson Vincentia Dlamini said they hoped bail would be opposed and that the man would be sent for psychological observation.

Xakaza confirmed that a bed was booked for the man at the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital after the DPP asked that he be sent for observation.

  • Tumisang - 2012-05-09 22:33

    "33 girls between the ages of 10 and 14" no man this monster has stolen a future for this young girls....Somebody out there please do something about this barbaric nature......tie a robe around man's balls and swing him to an fro....

      John - 2012-05-10 06:25

      Death penalty!

      Junebugg - 2012-05-10 11:53

      As usual he wont get more than 25 years in prison, CANT WE OUTSOURCE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM TO CHINA??

  • Mlungu - 2012-05-09 23:24

    Is rape connected to poverty? Why is South Africa so rife with rape?

      Thando - 2012-05-09 23:48

      Since u hv different types of rapists i dare not say it is or isnt. Well if a man isnt earning or earning very little he mite want 2 rape to b superior or b 'th man of th house'. But i thnk its linked 2 psychological problems not entirely linked to poverty. - 2012-05-14 16:04

      Yes lust is a part of rape and that is connected to poverty

  • Louwhan - 2012-05-10 00:07

    If he is guilty beyond reasonable doubt of 0.97% of the charges, he should be castrated in public. Anything more than that would mean to me he is not eligible for rehabilitation and should be forcefully removed from society!!

  • - 2012-05-10 00:25

    How can the state even consider giving this bastard bail? He was caught in '98 for rape went to jail for 8 yrs. he obviously noted the mistakes he made last time and avoided making the same ones over again that's why this time he managed to elude the police. if they give this guy bail they are very stupid, which we know they are so please parents in alberton don't let your children go anywhere alone. the government is going to set an animal loose.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-05-10 01:29

    97 rape charges ?WOW! Were i his defence lawyer i'd just go to court, pretend i was interested, then go home and forget about him...How do you defend that?

  • porshe.vrebec - 2012-05-10 01:37

    hell is overflowing by minute in SOUTH AFRICA!!!!

  • George - 2012-05-10 03:03

    How about facing a disCHARGE of a bullet in the head, Chinese style?

  • herman.brummer - 2012-05-10 05:21

    That must be a world record. Only in Africa

      CoronaSherona - 2012-05-10 05:47

      Herman can you just think about your stupid statement? WHY only in SA? Have you actually read the German and American news. No. So zip it mate and stop banging on about SA when it is about the criminals and their crimes NOT 'just' about SA. This planet is infested with predators like this and it has nothing to do with poverty but the depravity of the human race which knows no depths to which it will sink. - 2012-05-10 14:26

      @ CoronaSherona - My Sherona did you read the article about south africa being rated as the rape capital of the world really girl if someone must zip it it's you

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-05-10 05:45

    There is NO punishment on this earth good enough to satisfy and repay the devastation this monster has left in his wake. Hell will be too good for him.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-10 06:53


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  • reuben.sesele - 2012-05-10 06:36

    hang the guy tht all

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-10 06:52

    BAIL????? Someone is smoking something.

  • Vincent - 2012-05-10 07:12

    Every criminal is \alleged\ in S.A judiciary system. You caught with your pants down, you \alleged\.

  • Manu - 2012-05-10 07:30

    As usual people fail to ask the obvious. How does one individual commit this many crimes and fail to register on anyones radar? 33 cases? 97 charges? This was a one man crime spree.

  • Johan - 2012-05-10 07:59

    This sick %&ck also faces 33 charges for attempted murder, so he is HIV + He should be shot

  • Thembi - 2012-05-10 08:57

    What is the point anywere this rapist will be out in the street and continue raping as he pleases

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-14 19:42

    97 Charges...That's still 600+- charges less than Zuma received.

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