Information culled from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that the Pretoria High Court handed down hefty jail sentences to two rapists terrorizing the community of Siyabuswa and surrounding villages.
The offenders, Joel Matlala (29) and Vincent Mahlangu (30) were sentenced at the High Court for terrorizing South Africans with the sex-crime.
From our gatherings, Matlala masterminded all the incidents and was positively linked to 22 rape cases.
SAPS narrated that he targeted women who were walking alone during the night.
“He would threaten the victims with a firearm and then rape them repeatedly.
In some of the cases, he would call his co-accused, Mahlangu, when he (Matlala) had kidnapped a woman. Then, the duo would take turns raping the victim.
Most of the victims were raped after Matlala had been released on bail for a similar case. He was rearrested on 10 March 2015 and was denied bail until his sentencing.
Mahlangu was also arrested, formally charged and sentenced on three rape cases.
Matlala was sentenced to 22 life terms imprisonment which will run concurrently whilst Mahlangu was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for each count of rape which will also run concurrently.”
Welcoming the harsh sentences handed to the offenders, police management in the province expressed that the sentences will serve as a deterrent to other potential offenders.
The management also commended the Investigating Officer for working hard to secure the sentences.
Meanwhile, Woodstock police with the assistance of their neighbourhood watch structures, arrested 18 suspects during Crime Prevention operations conducted in their precinct yesterday.
As learnt, they arrested 13 suspects for possession of and dealing in drugs, two suspects for murder, one suspect for attempted business burglary and two for less serious offences.
Also, they confiscated 47 plastic bags with dagga, three bank plastic bags filled with tik, two units of whoonga and two mandrax tablets all with an estimated street value of R15 000.
The suspects are facing various charges and will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.