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Man gets 4 life terms for raping women he lured with false job promises

Last updated on 2022-09-17

The North Gauteng High Court sitting in Benoni sentenced Sibusiso Mvusi Khoza to four life terms on Friday for raping scores of women he had tricked into meeting him in a secluded area, claiming he had job opportunities for them.

The court heard compelling testimony that Khoza lured and raped seven women, ages 21 to 37, between March and July this year, using the same tactic: promising his victims jobs.

Additionally, he used social media to falsely advertise jobs to unsuspecting victims.

As soon as his victims showed interest in the jobs they were promised, he would arrange meeting dates and locations.

At meetings, he would impersonate an employment agency and then ask his targets to walk him to his potential employer, but instead, he would take the victims to a cornfield in Putfontein, where he would rape and threaten them with a knife and firearm.

After raping women, he would take away their belongings, including money and mobile phones. The court heard testimony from one of the supposed victims of the defendant, who was carrying her baby on the day of her suspicion. On May 25, 2021, Kloza’s cellphone was tracked, which led to his arrest. He has been in custody since then. When he appeared in court, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In aggravation of sentence, Advocate Eric Sihlangu told the court that Khoza was found guilty of serious offenses that involve violence, and he didn’t show any remorse, so he asked the court to impose a sentence of life imprisonment.

In giving his judgment, acting Judge Monyemangene said that he could not comprehend the disrespect, violation, degradation and worst form of violation of dignity that the complainants suffered at the hands of Khoza.

“It would be wrong to allow him to see the light of day… adding that he [Khoza] is a menace to society.”

“The court finds you guilty and sentences you 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.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi said the sentence given fits the crime and thanked the investigating officer, Sgt Kaizer Mbele, and the prosecutor, who led to the conviction.

She added that the NPA would continue to prosecute crimes perpetuated by gender-based violence.

 

 

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