Emalahleni Regional Court in Mpumalanga has convicted and sentenced Dennilton, Limpopo man, Victor Presley Magampa 37, to two life terms and 115 years of imprisonment for multiple counts of rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
Magampa pleaded guilty and was subsequently convicted on five counts of rape, and six counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances.
The court heard that between 2013 and 2016, Magampa targeted women hitchhiking in various sports in areas surrounding Emalahleni, Vosman, Mhluzi, and Kwa Mhlanga.
Mpumalanga National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson, Monica Nyuswa said Magampa would give women victims a lift, drive them to the nearest bushes, rob them of their belongings including bank cards, and cellphones, and then rape them.
She said the victims reported cases, were linked to the crime through DNA, and Magampa was subsequently arrested.
In court, the state argued that the accused pleaded guilty because of the overwhelming evidence the state had on him.
Regional Court state Prosecutor Ellen Mafata led testimonies from the victims about the trauma they experienced because of rape incidents.
Mafata further argued that the court should not deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence to address the scourge of gender-based violence.
Magistrate Combrinck took into consideration all relevant factors placed before it and sentenced the accused accordingly.
The NPA welcomes the conviction and sentence.
“This affirms our commitment to curbing gender-based violence,” added Nyuswa.