Paroled rapist jailed for repeat offence

2015-03-05 21:05
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Mbombela - A Mpumalanga rapist who was released on parole in 2012 has been sentenced to another 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping two women six months after being freed.

August Khumalo, 37, from Mataffin near Mbombela, was sentenced in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Thursday, a Sapa correspondent reported.

He was arrested on 19 October 2012, after being accused of raping two women, aged 27 and 29, at knifepoint after he lured them with promises of jobs.

Prosecutor Magda Marais asked that the accused be made to complete his previous sentence of 12 years, as it would lapse on 17 September 2016.

"He has two previous convictions, one of theft in 2003 where he was fined R600 or three months imprisonment, and a second for rape and robbery convicted on 18 March 2005, during which he was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment," Marais said.

Khumalo was a danger to society and should be declared unfit to possess a firearm, she said.

Passing sentence, Magistrate Willie Wilkins said the fact that Khumalo had a previous conviction on the same charge was an aggravating factor.

Wilkins said rape in South Africa had reached epidemic proportions and despite government programmes was still increasing.

"Women are entitled to rights to enjoy peace and quality life at their homes, go to work, or do their shopping without any fear of being attacked or raped," he said.

If Khumalo had not pleaded guilty he would have been sentenced to life imprisonment, as he had used a knife during the crimes.

Khumalo would have to serve the remaining years of the earlier rape sentence before serving his new sentence of 17 years.

He also declared Khumalo unfit to possess a firearm.

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