The High Court of South Africa sitting in Thohoyandou Local Division has convicted, and sentenced, Khumbelo Buku Tshisudzungwane (23), of Ha-Magidi, to life imprisonment plus 75 years.

The accused was facing 31 counts, ranging from gang rape, attempted rape, kidnapping. House robberies, housebreaking with intent to commit robbery, housebreaking with intent to steal.

Robbery with aggravating circumstances, malicious injury to property and theft out of the motor vehicle in Limpopo

TERRORISING COMMUNITIES

The court heard that between July 2015 and August 2016, the accused and his accomplice were terrorising the communities of Makwarela, Mbaleni, Ha Magidi, and Thohoyandou Block G location. 

They would enter the homesteads of the victims and threaten them with a crowbar and pangas. Before robbing them of their motor vehicles, bags, monies, cellphones, and other valuable items. 

One of the victims was raped several times and abandoned in the bushes, the accused also attempted to rape other victims. They would put their victims inside their cars while driving around the locations and bushes during the night. 

The accused pleaded guilty and admitted all elements of the offences referred to in the indictment. 

LIFE IMPRISONMENT PLUS 75 JUSTIFIED

The state evidence was overwhelming, and the court found him guilty as charged. During aggravating the sentence, the state Adv. Robert Nekhambele submitted that the accused acted in common purpose to terrorise his neighbouring locations.

He is a cruel young man who targeted women who were staying with minor children. Nekhambele, pleaded with the court to remove permanently the accused as he is heartless and arrogant.

Judge Legodi Phatudi, said that the complainants were indeed violated, and the offence will never be erased.  The court further sentenced Khumbelo to life imprisonment and sentences were ordered to run concurrently. 

The NPA welcomed the sentence and hopes that the would-be offenders would learn from this sentence. 

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