Sello Abram Maponya, a serial rapist whose reign of terror lasted for five years between 2014 and 2019, was sentenced to 988 years and five life terms imprisonment on Thursday, 27 May. He raped and robbed 56 women across Pretoria suburbs for five years. He was initially charged with 101 crimes including housebreaking and robbery.

Mapunya, began his crime spree in 2014 attacking his victims who included a 14-year-old girl, in Tshwane’s suburbs of Silverton, Nellmapius, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and Olievenhoutbosch. The brutal crime spree ended with his arrest by detectives from the serial electronic crimes investigation unit in March 2019.

He raped many of his victims in front of their families, armed with a knife, screwdriver or firearm. The sentenced handed to Maponya is one of the heftiest jail terms South Africa has ever seen. The Gauteng High Court said the sentences would not run concurrently.

Judge Papi Mosopa handed down the hefty sentence in the Pretoria high court on Thursday. He had earlier found Mapunya guilty of 41 rapes, 40 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances and 40 counts of housebreaking. He sentenced Mapunya to life terms for raping his teenage victim and three other women who he raped multiple times.Mosopa also sentenced Mapunya to 15 years each for the other 31 rapes he committed, 15 years’ imprisonment for every count of housebreaking with the intent to rob and robbery and 15 years for every count of housebreaking with the intent to steal. #Ladi_jaja?

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