The Madadeni High Court in Vryheid has convicted and sentenced a 42-year-old man to life imprisonment with an additional 20 years for the rape of three women in separate incidents in 2005 and 2009, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
“Thamsanqa William Dlamini raped three victims aged between 17 and 27 on different occasions,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Shooz Magudulela.
“In May 2005, he was sentenced to 10 years for raping a 17-year-old victim in bushes in Masson Road. “And in that same year in September, he raped a 20-year-old victim, after he threatened her with a knife and dragged her into the bushes. He also got 10 years for that rape.
“In May 2009, he took a 27-year-old victim into his vehicle at gunpoint and raped her. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping her.”
Magudulela said Dlamini’s sentences would run concurrently and that the Vryheid Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit’s persistence to put the accused behind bars was commended.
“This will now set all his victims at ease, knowing that he is where he belongs.” Earlier this month the Pietermaritzburg High Court convicted and sentenced Thokozani Jerome Mkhungo, 35, to two life imprisonment terms, totalling 69 years.
Mkhungo was arrested on rape and robbery charges committed in Margate. “He would target houses with only female members where he would break in, rape the victim and rob her of her belongings,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane.
“He was tried and sentenced for crimes committed between 2010 and 2014. The accused was sentenced to two life imprisonment for two cases of rape, nine years for housebreaking with intent to rape and a total of 60 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances. All the sentences will run concurrently.”
He commended the diligence of Ugu Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Violence Unit’s investigating officers, which led to the prosecution.