Woman spots her rapists in court

2012-10-10 08:24

Pietermaritzburg - A chance encounter saw two men convicted of the rape and robbery of a Ladysmith woman, who, while attending court with a friend, pointed out her attackers as they stood in the dock charged with another crime.

Xolani Mazibuko, 20, and Mduduzi Hadebe, 26, were sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and robbery of the woman at the Ladysmith Regional Court.

According to police spokesperson Jay Naicker, the woman had been walking on a footpath on her way to the hospital when she was accosted by the two. “She was subsequently robbed and raped at knife point,” he said.

“The incident was reported to the Ladysmith police and they immediately commenced with an investigation. A few days after the rape, police arrested two men for robbery in the same area. After police had profiled the two, they were taken to court,” Naicker said.

He added that while Mazibuko and Hadebe were in the courtroom, the woman entered as the trial was taking place and she immediately recognised her attackers.

The men were arrested as they left the courtroom.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-10 08:39

    If they were arrested as they left the courtroom, does that mean they were out on bail?

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-10 08:55

      Very likely these criminals always get bail!!

      dumisani.makhaye.1 - 2012-10-10 09:08

      Not necessarily, it may be that their case was postponed to another date most probably for a formal bail application after having been remanded in custody. The police had to wait for them to finish the proceedings on the robbery matter and then arrest them for the rape charge.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-10 08:45

    What a stroke of luck. Excellent news.

      Pixi3kid - 2012-10-12 13:43

      Who would thumbs down this??

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-10 08:47

    Wow, what are the chances? All is as it should be comes to mind. As for the life sentences. Most appropriate. And surprising. If only this was the norm.

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-10 09:23

      Yeah just a pity that they will probably be out in 10 years... What goes through these criminals' minds to just rape a woman? I mean... How many other rapes have they not committed before?

  • Fox Trixter - 2012-10-10 08:51

    what a poorely written story!

      Pixi3kid - 2012-10-12 13:43


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  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-10 09:14

    Excellent news! Aint karma a bitch! Now they can become someone else's bitches in jail!

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