A Pietermaritzburg serial rapist has been sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment for five counts of rape.
The 36-year-old Bongani Mokoena was convicted and sentenced at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday last week.
According to the KwaZulu-Natal provincial police, Mokoena was also handed over 30 years imprisonment for two counts of robbery, and nine years for three counts of kidnapping.
He was also sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, said the police.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the crime took place in the Mountain Rise area between August and October, 2018.
She said Mokoena raped victims aged between 14 and 33.
Gwala said his modus operandi was to lure victims who were walking around the area looking for employment.
She said Mokoena would inform them that his employer was looking for a domestic assistant to help at his home.
“The victim believed Mokoena and followed him to the said employer. While walking, he overpowered, dragged them into the bush, assaulted, raped and robbed them of their belongings.
“Mokoena stabbed two victims who were fortunate enough to survive the stabbing. They were taken to hospital for medical attention,” said Gwala.
The cases were opened at Mountain Rise police station and the dockets were transferred to Pietermaritzburg Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation, said Gwala.
She said Mokoena heard that the police were looking for him and went into hiding.
“The investigation led the police to Masukwana in Pietermaritzburg where the accused was arrested. He was positively identified by all five victims and was charged accordingly,” she said:
She said Mokoena made several court appearances until he was found guilty and sentenced.