Pastor Chris Derrick Gabisani Xaba (45) from Vlaklaagte was found guilty by the Witbank Regional Court yesterday for the rape and robbery of a 39-year-old woman from Vosman.
The incident occurred on 29 December 2019 when Xaba offered to give the woman a lift because she was hitchhiking to Nelspruit (the direction he was headed to) at the time.
However, instead of helping the woman reach her destination, Xaba held the woman at gunpoint and raped and robbed her of her personal belongings.
“Xaba then drove to a secluded bush at a certain farm near Witbank where he drew out a firearm along the way and started behaving violently against the helpless woman. He further threatened to kill her should she resist to cooperate with his orders. When the coast was clear for him, Xaba brutally raped the victim and robbed her of her personal belongings, including the clothes she was wearing at the time. In order to scare the daylights out of her, he fired a gunshot before leaving her stranded,” said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
After Xaba fled, the woman managed to find her way to a house nearby. The residents offered to help her and took her to the nearest police station. At that time, the suspect and the registration number plate of the vehicle he was driving was unknown.
SAPS had a breakthrough in the case and they sniffed Xaba out from his hiding place in Kwamhlanga in March 2020. During his arrest, police also discovered that Xaba has another rape case which he committed at Kwaggafontein in December 2019, and he was in fact out on bail.
Xaba is expected to appear in the Witbank Regional Court on 19 March 2021 for a final sentence.