Six life terms is the sentence which was handed down to the convicted serial rapist, 25-year-old Tumelo Khiba from KwaZulu-Natal.
TimesLIVE reports that his reign of terror spanned over almost two years, from October 2016 to January 2017. Khiba enticed unsuspecting victims — all aged between 17 and 23 — with the promise of casual work. He would then drag them into the bushes near Manors outside Pinetown where he would rape and rob them.
The publication further reports that in January this year, Khiba asked a 17-year-old to accompany him to the shops to buy a uniform for his daughter. After he had successfully lured her, he carried out his usual modus operandi. He took her into the bushes, raped her, and took her phone and cash.
DNA analysis was conducted, and he was successfully linked to 11 other rape cases committed in the same vicinity.
In a News24 report, Colonel Thembeka Mbele KZN police spokesperson said a case of rape and robbery was opened at Pinetown SAPS after the January incident. The case was then transferred to the Pinetown Family Violence, Children Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.
Mbele added, “The accused was arrested the following day along 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.”
Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, praised the thorough investigation which led to the sentence and conviction of the accused.