HARTSWATER – Hartswater taxi owner sentenced for rape, kidnapping and attempted murder

HARTSWATER – The Provincial Head of the FCS Unit in the Northern Cape, Brigadier Nicky Mills welcomed the prison sentence handed down to 31-year-old Sibusiso Mahlangu today, 09 December 2020 in the Hartswater Magistrate’s Court as the country is advocating against violence against women and children.

On 23 August 2012, the 19-year-old female victim left a local tavern with the taxi owner who is the accused.

The two left in the taxi and when the victim realised that the accused was not driving in the direction of her home as promised, she jumped out. She was then run over by the accused, who then loaded her into the taxi and raped her.

He then dropped her off in Pampierstad and fled.  The victim managed to report the incident and was hospitalized for 7 days as a result of the injuries she suffered.

The accused was arrested and released on bail but failed to appear in court. A warrant of arrest was issued and he was arrested in 2019 in Nelspruit. He remained in custody until his court appearance.

He was found guilty and sentenced as follows:

10 years prison sentence for rape,

4 years for kidnapping and 6 years for attempted murder.

The Investigating officer, Sergeant Gloria Sehako was commended by the Hartswater FCS Unit Commander, Captain Ferrelson for the meticulous investigation of the case.

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