Six life terms for Pinetown’s serial rapist

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Tumelo Khiba (25) of KwaDabeka was sentenced to six terms of life imprisonment and an additional 35 years imprisonment by the Pinetown Regional Court on Friday.

His sentence came after the court heard how he had been terrorising women in the Pinetown CBD between October 2016 and January 2017.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said Khiba used to lure his unsuspecting victims from the Pinetown CBD promising them casual jobs.

“He would take them into the bushes near Manors residence outside Pinetown where he would rape and rob them of their belongings. He targeted women between the ages of 17 and 23,” said Mbele.

She said the last incident took place on January 10 this year, when he asked his 17-year-old girl to accompany him to a shop to buy uniform for his daughter. He lured her to the bushes near Manors residence where he raped her and robbed her of her cellphone and cash.

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Mbele said a case or rape and robbery was opened in Pinetown SAPS and transferred to the Pinetown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.

“The accused was arrested the following day along Old Main Road where he used to stalk his victims. DNA analysis was conducted, and he was successfully linked to eleven other rape cases committed in the same vicinity. He made several appearances while being held in custody until his sentence,” said Mbele.

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KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula praised the investigator for presenting quality investigated docket to court which led to the conviction and sentence of the accused.

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