Court Sentences Man 24, A Serial Rapist To Five Life Terms, 300 Years In Prison

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The North West High Court in South Africa on Thursday, May 26 convicted a 24-year-old man to five life terms for rape and 300 years for other crimes including housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Sbongiseni Njabulo Ngwenya was found guilty of 39 counts, including 16 instances of rape, nine counts of armed robbery, thirteen crimes of housebreaking, and one act of attempted murder.

Ngwenya was found unfit to possess a firearm by the court, which was sitting at the Ga-Rankuwa regional court, and his name was added to the register of sexual offenders.

Ngwenya filed a request for leave to appeal, and his case will be heard on Friday.

After a series of offenses were reported to the police, Ngwenya was arrested in September 2018.

Ngwenya broke into his victims’ houses at night, threatened them with a firearm, stole their televisions, cellphones, and money, and raped them before fleeing the scene, according to evidence produced in court.

Three of his rape victims were juveniles, aged twelve, fourteen, and sixteen. DNA evidence tied Ngwenya to the rape cases.

He accosted two girls as they entered their home and was charged with attempted murder. When their brother returned from another room, Ngwenya shot him in the leg and then abducted and raped the sisters in a nearby jungle.

Rachel Makhari-Sekhaolelo, the North West director of public prosecutions, congratulated everyone involved in Ngwenya’s conviction.

“Our people’s hopes are set on the criminal justice system to combat gender-based violence, and such convictions will serve as a deterrent to would-be criminals,” Makhari-Sekhaolelo added.


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