Rapist to be sentenced

2018-12-10 16:56

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A man who was found guilty on Friday of raping two University of KwaZulu-Natal students whilst they were en route to their campus residence in 2016, is due for sentencing on Monday.

The incident described by Pietermaritzburg magistrate Muntukayise Khumalo, as “gross” and one of the worst rape cases he has come across, took place at the Woodburn Stadium.

The BSc students were aged 23 and 24 at the time and one of them was a virgin. She bled profusely after the rape, had a seizure and collapsed at the police station.

The magistrate said that after Sibusiso Zondi raped the women several times, he’d phoned a person to gloat. He forced one of them to tell the person about the rapes. The person asked where they were and she told him.

Zondi then grabbed the phone and continued speaking.

“It occurred to her [one of the women] that at that moment Zondi was enjoying what he was doing to them,” said the magistrate.

He added that the person on the other end wanted to know if Zondi could “give him one of the girls he was raping”.

This person called when he was at the stadium. But, Zondi lied to him that he took the women home.

Khumalo said the two women had been walking home at around 2.30 am from a church service when they came across Zondi along Alan Paton Avenue. They did not know him.

As they continued walking, he pointed a firearm at them and demanded they give him their cellphones.

At the time the women were close to the Woodburn Stadium. He ordered them to walk to a bushy secluded area of the stadium where he repeatedly raped both of them at knifepoint.

Khumalo said both women told the court how the rape had affected their lives. One failed her BSc degree in dietetics and had to repeat it. The other also failed to the “extent that the university discontinued her registration”.

The incident also made one woman “lose faith” because the incident happened when they were coming from a church service.

Khumalo said that Zondi’s defence was false beyond reasonable doubt. His version was that he knew both the women from taverns and that he had sexual intercourse with one of them at his home. However, he changed the date of when they were intimate three times.

Khumalo said evidence led by state prosecutor Mariam Aboobaker was led in a very straight forward manner. He found the state witnesses were honest and reliable while Zondi’s version on the other hand was “riddled with inconsistencies, concocted and manufactured”.

Khumalo said that both witnesses had a good look at Zondi and were able to identify him as the rapist. There was also DNA evidence linking him to the rape of one of the women, he said.

Sentencing procedures take place on Monday.

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