On Friday Zacharia Selowa (24), the Mankweng, Limpopo serial rapist, was given seven life sentences, 130 years for 12 counts of rape, five for robbery and one for kidnapping by the Mankweng Regional Court.
Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Selowa would hide in the veld and wait for students going home. He would threaten them with a knife and force them to go to a nearby cemetery before robbing and raping them.
“Selowa’s reign of terror started in March last year after he was arrested and released on bail for raping and robbing a 32-year-old female friend in December 2011,” said Mulaudzi.
DNA evidence linked Selowa to the 12 rapes.
Lieutenant-General Sehlahle Masemola, Limpopo
provincial commissioner, said: “The court could not have passed a more fitting sentence.
“This will send a strong message that crime does not pay.”