Rape victims want ‘snake’ in jail for life

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They call him izinyokanyoka (the snake) because of the devious way in which he sneaks into unsuspecting women’s homes in the early hours of the morning, raping and robbing them at gunpoint.

The victims of self-confessed serial rapist Oupa Mashigo, 33, of Cullinan are angry and want to see him go to jail for life for the vicious manner in which he raped and threatened them.

His five victims were all ready to testify against Mashigo in the North Gauteng High Court this week when he changed his mind and pleaded guilty to 16 charges ranging from rape to kidnapping, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

His trial was postponed to August 20 for a pre-sentencing report.

Mashigo admitted that between December 2009 and July 2012 he had targeted females who were staying alone at night in areas such as Bushbuckridge, Kwamhlanga, Mamelodi East and Cullinan. He admitted breaking into their houses, threatening them with a firearm, forcefully robbing them and raping them.

He apologised to his victims, saying he knew he could not erase their pain and knew what he did was cruel, inhumane and immoral, but his victims were unmoved.

His youngest victim was just 11 when he entered her room and raped her, threatening to kill her if she screamed.

She said she started crying when she saw him in court this week because it reminded her of her awful experience.

Another victim, now a pretty young student, was 15 when Mashigo dragged her out of her house into the bushes and raped her at gunpoint.

He had threatened to kill her despite her pleas for mercy, tried to stab her with a screwdriver and told her she was “a coward” when he realised she was still a virgin.

She said she became extremely angry, “lost her mind” and just started screaming when they were discussing rape in class and she realised people thought girls who had been raped were stupid.

“It’s a wound that doesn’t heal. It doesn’t stop. I thought I had forgiven him until I heard what he’d done to other women. I’m sorry, but I hate him,” she said.

Several of his victims described feeling scared and not wanting to be alone.

“He’s an animal. I’m angry and traumatised. I just wanted to ask him how he can do this to women,” one woman said.

Another victim said she still felt scared because Mashigo knew her name and had threatened to kill her daughter before he raped her.

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