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NC police welcome hefty sentence handed down to serial rapist

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Police said Giyani had conducted a reign of terror in local communities.

The investigating officers were Sergeant Aaron Gumede and Lt-Col Marli Strydom. Picture: SAPS

THE NORTHERN Cape Cape police have welcomed the hefty sentence handed down to serial rapist Ndumiso Giyani.

Giyani was sentenced in the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley on Friday to a combined 441 years’ imprisonment after he was convicted on 35 criminal charges.

Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock pointed out that Giyani had conducted a reign of terror in local communities.

“The accused caused havoc during his horror run in the communities of Kimberley, Galeshewe and Kagisho, from 2014 to 2018. After intense investigations, Giyani was eventually connected by his DNA in 2018, and arrested on January 24, 2019. He was found guilty on November 11, 2019 in the Kimberley High Court of 14 counts of rape, 12 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, two counts of attempted robbery with aggravated circumstances and six counts of kidnapping,” said Kock.

On Friday, Judge Mathebe Phatshoane reiterated that Giyani had to be removed from society and sentenced him to three life sentences for three charges of rape, 19 years’ imprisonment for each of the other 11 charges of rape, 15 years’ imprisonment each for 12 charges of robbery with aggravated circumstances, 14 years for one charge of attempted robbery with aggravated circumstances and five years’ imprisonment each for six counts of kidnapping. The sentences will run concurrently with the three life sentences,” said Kock.

Kock said that the investigating officers were applauded for their investigation into the matter.

“The Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Crime Detection in the Northern Cape, Major-General Koliswa Otola, lauded the two investigating officers, Lieutenant-Colonel Marli Strydom from the Galeshewe Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit and Sergeant Aaron Gumede from Provincial Serial and Electronic Crime Investigations, for a brilliant job done. 

“The community is also lauded for their assistance that ensured that the perpetrator of the spate of heinous crimes is behind bars where he belongs,” added Kock.