Man guilty of 28 charges, 13 of which were rape

News South Africa

Ntombekhaya Zibi

After his arrest a year ago, Amos Ngubeni was found guilty by the Pretoria High Court on Thursday, 13 August 2020 on 28 of 31 charges.

The charges include 13 rapes; robbery with aggravating circumstances; kidnapping; housebreaking; assault to cause grievous bodily harm; theft and pointing anything likely for one to believe is a firearm.

A police statment said a series of rape cases had been reported in Duduza and Tsakane, with some dating back to 2011, where most victims had been raped during a hijacking or a house robbery.

Sergeant Johnson Motlalepula Nkoana took on the investigation in 2017, and his immediate analysis and strategy in these rape cases diverted his attention to hijacking cases and that ultimately led to the linking of two suspected hijackers, to a series of rape cases through applying forensic techniques and processes.

The two suspects, Anton Sithole and Ngubeni were then linked to more rape cases reported in Balfour in Mpumalanga, Thabazimbi in Limpopo, and Umkomaas in KwaZulu Natal.

Sithole pleaded guilty and is already serving time since December 2019 on 14 life sentences and an additional 354 years for multiple counts of rape and other serious and violent crimes.

Gauteng Commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela welcomed the guilty verdict against Ngobeni.

The accused serial rapist will return to court for sentencing on 14 September 2020.

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