Woman tells how she trusted KZN rapist

2012-04-17 11:35

Pietermaritzburg - A 28-year-old woman who was excited about landing her very first job became the latest victim of the notorious Bisley railway rapist on Friday the 13th.

The woman from Elandskop had been job hunting for three years without luck.

The attack on the woman means that the rapist struck three times last week - on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. His first attack was in February.

Police arrested a 32-year-old suspect at a tavern in the Pietermaritzburg CBD on Sunday and he will appear in court on Tuesday.


Speaking to The Witness on Monday, the young mother said the promised job would have been her first.

She said the rapist’s charm made her fall for his lies and promises of employment.

“There was nothing suspicious about him when we met at the taxi rank on Friday morning,” the soft-spoken woman said.

She told The Witness that her friend had met the suspect in the city centre.

He asked if she knew any woman looking for a job.

Knowing that she was unemployed, her friend gave him her number.

“He called me in the early hours of the morning and set up an appointment to meet at a taxi rank at around 07:00. I told him what I was wearing.”

When she arrived at the taxi rank they boarded a taxi to go to the house where she was supposed to start her first job.

“He said he was taking me to a white family. I was going be a domestic worker. While we were in the taxi, I asked him questions about where the house is situated and how many children this family had and he gave me convincing answers.”

They got off at the railway line near Oribi Village in Bisley.

“We walked quite a distance into the bushes. I then got suspicious when we reached the middle of the bush.

'Overwhelmed by fear'

“I sent an SMS to my friend saying ‘I’m so scared, I don’t know where I am and if I die today I don’t think you’ll find my corpse’. I was overwhelmed by fear.”

She said the area was quiet and isolated with not a soul in sight and no voices within earshot.

It was just the two of them in the bush.

The woman said she tried to drift away from him so she could flee, but the rapist kept a beady eye on her. He threatened to stab her if she tried to run or scream.

“He said he was going to stab me but didn’t take out a knife. He then raped me, left me there and fled with my R100 taxi fare,” she said.

She was all alone. She said she gathered enough strength to stand and ran as fast as she could until she came across a municipal van into which she threw herself.

“I told them what had just happened and they drove me to Alexandra Road police station,” she said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said they believe the rapist robbed a 21-year-old woman of her cellphone, R200 in cash and her ID in Mkondeni at 14:00 on the same day.

The rapist lured women from the city centre, offering them job opportunities.

“Yes, we need jobs but I urge every woman to be careful,” the survivor advised.

At the end of last year almost a quarter of South Africans - 4.9 million - were unemployed; 2.9 million had been seeking work for more than a year.

The 28-year-old is receiving counselling. “I think the pain is slowly fading away,” she said.

  • Henry - 2012-04-17 11:50

    Unemployment is a sensitve issue in this country. Ladies often fall into the crooks' traps (being promised jobs) Corruption also goes along with the job promises. At some stage, I was searching for a job (or volunteering) 'police' reserve' along with relative a young attractive lady (at that time) she got the job (me, nothing) later on she was dating a police officer, ended up with a child and now the policemen supports the child, via the maintenance court. So this is a sensitive issue. Never trust a stranger (my sisters) even if he promises a job.

      Greg - 2012-04-17 12:27

      How twisted must one be to do what this individual has done...anything less than the prescribed life sentence will be an insult to the justice system!!

  • The-madKing - 2012-04-17 11:50

    Damn what an awful ordeal , I hope she will be fine and for the rapist , they should geld him

  • Carla - 2012-04-17 11:53

    Bastard...if they find him, they need to lock him in a cell with his victimes and their loved ones.

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-04-17 12:15

    What a sad, sick world this has become. With people so desperate for work just to put food on the table they are prepared to follow complete strangers into isolated areas. God help us all.

      Denise - 2012-04-17 12:56

      not a sick world but very sick people

      Carla - 2012-04-17 13:59

      What's really sick is that there are people out there just waiting to take advantage of people just wanting to look after their families.

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-04-17 12:16

    At the end of last year almost \a quarter of\r\nSouth Africans - 4.9 million - were\r\nunemployed; 2.9 million had been seeking work\r\nfor more than a year.\ this is a rough land, predators are hunting for sex, to kill, money to steal almost everyone is not secure. to make things worse this people who are looking for jobs are unskilled. eish who must we trust now ?

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-04-17 12:16

    what a terrible thing for this poor woman to have gone through.... I hope she continues to receive counselling because there is no ways the pain will fade away like she thinks... it will hit her again and again when she least expects it... I just hope her support at home and around her is strong enough to carry her throughout it all.... Strength and courage be with you my sister.....

  • Marion - 2012-04-17 12:38

    This young woman must be totally traumatized. I hope that the counselling works for her. Everyone should be very wary of complete strangers who offer jobs. Anyone who does know about a legitimate job also knows people they could refer for that job and therefore any stranger offering jobs should be treated as suspect.

  • Larry - 2012-04-17 12:45

    That was a horrendous act and justice is due this 28 year old victim. It is long overdue for African women to be given the respect they deserve as the mothers of civilization. If the government would make the convicted rapist an eunuch male, that would give all potential rapists pause to think. What a powerful deterrent.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 13:56

      @Larry - only African women Larry?

  • raegan.mcreed - 2012-04-17 12:46

    ''i think the pain is slowly fading away''.. this rapist was surely well endowed and bruised this women quiet savagely , hopefully when this beast is apprehended he shall surely feel the same pain from papa in prison...

      IAmTheDarkPrince - 2012-04-18 08:54

      It's astonishing to actually behold someone trying to put not one, but both his feet in his mouth at the same time. Well done! So inspiring.

  • Jean - 2012-04-17 12:49

    Get him for me, i knw how to deal with such monsters,

  • Jayson - 2012-04-17 12:50

    Murder, rape and child molestation. These heinous crimes deserve one penalty and one penalty only,,,,,DEATH PENALTY.

  • madise.paul - 2012-04-17 12:50

    employers knows very well about a desperation...and they give a R30/day to some of Mzansi citizens. They got a green eyes for money!!!

      Marion - 2012-04-17 13:58

      @madise.paul - sadly you are spot-on about the bad wages many are paid. About 8 years ago the going daily rate for a gardener was in the region of R80. Bet you most only get that now too.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 14:47


  • Moshe - 2012-04-17 12:50

    Hiring companies don't use taxis to get you to an employer..first thing to notice..

  • Gabriel - 2012-04-17 12:53

    it is sad how strongwilled,courageous women are turned into desperate weaklings because of economic hardships in their land n nw are falling prey to psychos.....she just wanted a job to provide for her little one.....i hope tht u JZ sitting in yo mansion,eating leftovers of yo R12500 cake are reading ths

  • Rob - 2012-04-17 13:04

    Come now Mr President. Lets have a referendum on the death penalty & get things moving in the right direction. You & yours are safe, the average citizen is NOT. Do something ! The death penalty might not be a deterant for murder & rape, but it appears neither is the threat of twenty years behind bars and @ least it removes the scum perpetrators from society.

      Adrian - 2012-04-17 13:45

      On the note of the death penalty, unfortunately enough studies have shown that executing someone is an extremely expensive process (just the act of doing it) nevermind how much it costs to have someone on death row while they go through our appeals process forever and ever. There are no quick solutions to this problem and unfortunately death penalty isn't even enough incentive to convince someone not to commit violent acts like this. This is based on studies they did in Texas where they execute the most and quickest in the world, where they found it has no effect on the crime rate at all.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 14:02

      @Adrian - I once checked the stats for countries who had introduced the death penalty / abolished the death penalty. Those stats showed that in some countries the murder rate went down after the death penalty was abolished. Sadly not in SA though. When I hear of truly heinous crimes I am also succumb to shouting 'death penalty', but I would not be prepared to be the executioner. So I reckon that until such time as I am prepared to do the killing it is better that I don't support it. I just wish that life in SA meant life till you die and not just 20 / 25 years before option of parole.

      Jayson - 2012-04-17 14:34

      Marion. I will take that job. I won't have any issues getting rid of scumbag filth that is rotting away the core of our being. Hell I will do it on my days off. Even weekends. No problem. Don't get me wrong. I'm just a firm believer in a eye for a eye.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 14:49

      @Jayson - Could you really though? A documentary on executioners in the USA revealed that many of them couldn't handle the job for more than a year because of the emotional toll it took on them.

      Jayson - 2012-04-17 15:06

      Marion. Albert Pierrepoint did it for many years.

      Rob - 2012-04-17 15:12

      Jayson. Agreed I would do it in a heartbeat. As for the Pierreponts, that was a real " family business. " Father & son.

      Jayson - 2012-04-17 15:15

      We are on the same page Rob.

  • Aaron - 2012-04-17 13:28

    the best law for this animal is Shariah law. he should be hanged

  • Jayson - 2012-04-17 14:05

    Has anybody noticed,,, this is the same Modus operandi that Moses Sithole used to lure his victims to there death. This bastard must be caught. And soon. Moses also just started raping but it escalated to far worse.

  • Karl - 2012-04-17 19:58

    God use people to guid people....If women dont take this as example,then I dont know.

  • Karl - 2012-04-17 19:59

    God use people to guid people....If women dont take this as example,then I dont know.

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