South Africa’s serial rapist faces 12 more charges

By: PETER DUBE

South Africa’s youngest convicted serial rapist Mpho Rakgwale (25) already sits on six life terms and 232 years’ imprisonment and now awaits sentencing on November 30 for 12 new convictions.

Rakgwale was back in the high court in Johannesburg on Wednesday after being found guilty of rape, kidnapping and robbery last year.

He was convicted of 61 charges with 21 of those being for rape while 17 are for kidnapping and six for the illegal possession of firearms.

Five other charges are for aggravated robbery, six for the illegal possession of ammunition and another six for robbery.

He was convicted on 12 more charges on Wednesday for several kidnappings, rapes and robberies between May and September 2012.

Judge AJ Sithole summed up the victims’ testimonies with revelations some teenage victims were raped in a Johannesburg cemetery.

“He lured the two into the cemetery, introducing himself as Sibusiso. He then pulled out a knife and threatened to kill them if they didn’t comply,” Judge Sithole said.

He also robbed the two teenagers of their belongings.

Some of his victims, according to the court, were his childhood friends.

One of the judge’s accounts of Mr Rakgwale’s crimes was the rape and kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl in September 2012.

He also raped her in the same Johannesburg cemetery where two other victims were raped.