By Angie Nkuna
Giyani- A habitual rapist Kenneth Manabela (31) of Mbokota village outside Makhado appeared before the Thohoyandou High Court, and he was sentenced to five life imprisonment for five rapes, twenty years imprisonment for two counts of rapes, and 30 years imprisonment for six counts of kidnapping.
“The long jail terms follows his arrest on November 2011 for two rape cases, where he appeared before the Waterval Margistrate Court and was later released on bail, of which he then continued with his reign of terror unabated raping defenceless women.
“He was again arrested in December 2012 for two counts of kidnapping and, two counts of rapes, and he was again released on bail by the Hlanganani Magistrate Court.
“He continued with his evil deeds of raping women until he was arrested for the third time in March 2017, after he met an 18 -year-old girl along the street in Mbokota. Afterwards, he forced her to his homestead at knife point and raped her.
“His victims are aged between 13 and 18. He was terrorising the areas of Mbokota, Bungeni and Chavani in the Waterval area outside Makhado.
“The convict’s modus operandi is that, once he came across his victims, he would threaten them with a knife or screwdriver, force them to his homestead at Mbokota area, rape and assault them afterwards”, says Colonel L.T Moatshe Ngoepe.
Meanwhile, the Saps Provincial Commissioner in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Jim Ledwaba has applauded the joint efforts by all the role players and he stressed that this sentencing will serve as an impediment to all those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law, especially those who are targeting the vulnerable citizens.
“We hope that these jail terms will bring a relief to those affected, especially now that the heartless criminal will be where he belongs for his entire life”, concluded General Ledwaba.