Rapist gets two life sen­tences and 170 years for crimes

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KHAYA KOKO khaya.koko@inl.co.za

THE GROTESQUE epi­demic of rape was laid bare in the high court in Joburg yes­ter­day, where three men faced 27 al­le­ga­tions of the crime.

One of the men, 29-year-old Ve­laphi Ncon­g­wana, pleaded guilty to all six rape charges he faced – in­clud­ing over a dozen more cases of kid­nap­ping, house­break­ing and rob­bery. Ncon­g­wana’s reign of ter­ror be­gan in De­cem­ber 2009 when he bru­tally as­saulted, raped and robbed a woman from Zonk’iZizwe, Ekurhu­leni, and his crime spree ended in Jan­uary 2013 with more hor­rid crimes.

He de­scribed his last dis­turb­ing crime in his guilty-plea state­ment: “On the af­ter­noon of Jan­uary 4, 2013, I met the com­plainant (name with­held) in Zonk’iZizwe… I dragged her to a maize field with­out her con­sent, thus de­priv­ing her of her lib­erty, and in the process com­mit­ted the of­fence of kid­nap­ping.”

He then de­tailed how he robbed the woman of her phone and money while bran­dish­ing a knife, be­fore adding: “I then or­dered her to un­dress her clothes, lie down and open her legs. There­after I force­fully pen­e­trated her vagina with my pe­nis with­out a con­dom un­til I ejac­u­lated. She did not give me per­mis­sion to pen­e­trate her.”

Ncon­g­wana was sen­tenced to two life sen­tences and an ad­di­tional 170 years for his crimes. Ac­cord­ing to a source close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he was re­cently sen­tenced for crimes he com­mit­ted in Mpumalanga, which is how he was caught in Gaut­eng, as his DNA matched the cases in his home prov­ince.

“He (Ncon­g­wana) com­mit­ted his rape and rob­bery in eLuk­wa­tini, Mpumalanga, be­fore he came to Gaut­eng. While po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing th­ese cur­rent cases, a (match) was found with a rape and rob­bery in Mpumalanga by the foren­sics lab­o­ra­tory here in Gaut­eng. So this is his thing – he rapes and robs,” the source, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said.

Ncon­g­wana is serv­ing a life sen­tence and 15 years for the rape and rob­bery re­spec­tively.

Mean­while, Kelvin Thomp­son, 23, from El­do­rado Park, is fac­ing eight counts of rape for al­legedly rap­ing eight boys, who were all un­der the age of 13 when the al­leged acts oc­curred.

The youngest was be­tween seven and eight years old when the al­leged acts were done from 2014 to 2015. Thomp­son’s case con­tin­ues to­day.

In the same court, Nh­lanhla Xaki stands ac­cused of 13 counts of rape, plus sev­eral other charges, which in­clude rob­bery and at­tempted rob­bery.

I dragged her to a field with­out her con­sent

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