Tebogo Msimanga |
The Pretoria High Court sitting in Benoni on Friday, 16 September sentenced Sibusiso Mvusi Khoza (32), from Daveyton to 4 life terms and 30 years, for 7 counts rape, 5 years for attempted rape,15 years each for 5 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, 5 years for common robbery and 3 years imprisonment for assault. The judge ordered that the sentences should run concurrently, with that of life imprisonment. Khoza was further declared unfit to possess a firearm.
NPA Gauteng Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said in the space of three months, from January to March 2021 Khoza raped a total of seven women, aged between 21 to 37, using the same modus operandi, where he lured his victims by promising them job opportunities. “He would advertise job opportunities on social media or approach them in person. After his victims show interest in the job, he would ask to meet them at a date and place identified by him”.
At the meeting, he would ask them to walk with him to the potential employer, but instead, he would take them to a cornfield in Putfontein, where he raped and threatened them with a firearm and knife.
Mahanjana added that after raping the victim, he would rob them of their belonging, such as money and cell phones. “One of his victims told the court that on the day of the incident, she was carrying her baby”.
Khoza was arrested on 25 May 2021, after he was traced through his cellphone, and has been in custody since. In court, he pleaded not guilty, to the charges preferred against him.
Advocate Eric Sihlangu, told the court that Khoza, was found guilty of serious offences characterised by violence, and he did not show any remorse, therefore he asked the court to impose a sentence of life imprisonment.