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South African court sentences serial rapist to 11 life terms, 15 years imprisonment

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A South African court has sentenced a 39-year-old serial rapist, Given Maceke, to 11 life imprisonment terms plus another 15 years after he was found guilty on 11 counts of rape and eight counts of robbery.

The sentenced was given on Tuesday by the President of the Thohoyandou High Court in Limpopo, Masaro Semenya, after prosecutors said Maceke from Nyavani Village, had terrorised his victims between July 2013 ad June 2016.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the accused and an accomplice allegedly broke into the victims’ homes and attacked them.

“The accused and another male person were armed with knives, threatening the complainants before raping them,” NPA spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, said while addressing the court.

“The accused would terrorise complainants at Green Farm, Nghezimani, Xigalo, Tshikonelo, Roodhuis and Nyavani villages,” he added.

The NPA spokesman said Maceke was linked to the crime scene through DNA in 10 case dockets before the court.

“During the trial, the accused pleaded guilty to all 19 counts, because the evidence of the State was overwhelming,” said Malabi-Dzhangi.

During sentencing, the court was told that the accused had a previous rape conviction and the victims were raped by more than one person.

State prosecutor Nnyambeni Robert Nekhambele said some of the victims were minors at the time and asked the court to permanently remove Maceke from society.

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UN experts accuse South Sudan officials of overseeing gang rapes, beheadings of victims

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A panel of United Nations rights experts on Tuesday, accused South Sudan officials of overseeing systematic gang rapes and beheading of victims, some as young as nine.

The panel also called for a thorough investigation of government officials to ascertain the level of involvement of the officials.

The UN investigators say sexual abuse has been used as a “weapon by all sides in the country’s civil conflict which erupted in 2013 and triggered Africa’s biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.:

The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan also said in a statement it had reasonable grounds to believe a county commissioner in the northern State of Unity had orchestrated gang rapes at a military camp.

“The documented abuses also involved beheadings, with rape victims being forced to carry the severed heads, victims being burnt alive, and days of brutal sexual assaults,” the UN experts said in the statement.

Conflict-related rape and sexual violence in Unity State has become so systematic and is a direct result of impunity,” a member of the commission, Barney Afako, told journalists at the presentation of the report.

However, South Sudan’s Information Minister and government spokesman, Michael Makuei, has dismissed the commission’s statement as mere fabrication.

“They come and sit in hotels here in Juba and fabricate these false reports on South Sudan to make a living. I am saying these are false reports fabricated against the government,” Makuei told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

Military spokesperson for Vice President Riek Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), Lam Paul Gabriel, also debunked the report, saying the movement had had no hand in the reported crimes.

“This report is misplaced because they do not know who is fighting who in those areas where these accusations are made,” Lam said.

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South African serial rapist who claimed to be ‘Boko Haram’ gang member bags life imprisonment

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A Limpopo, South Africa serial rapist, Selekenyane Tumelo Marakala, who claimed to be a member of the ‘Boko Haram” gang, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping and choking a woman.

The 30-year-old gangster, was sentenced on Wednesday by Regional Court in Mahwelereng, was said to have told his victim that he was a member of the dreaded gang and threatened to kill her if she resisted the rape.

The Limpopo police spokesperson, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, told the court that on Sunday, June 9, 2019, Marakala from Moshate, Maroteng village, met the victim, a 19-year-old woman from Ga-Madiba who was on her way home from a tavern just before midnight.

“He grabbed the victim from the back and took her to his house and raped the victim over the night. The accused, Marakala, covered his face with a balaclava.

“He strangled the victim and he voluntarily let the victim to go in the following morning.

“The accused took off the balaclava and introduced himself to the victim as a member of a dangerous gang called Boko Haram, and threatened her not to report him.

“Ultimately the victim went to the police station to report the incident,” Ledwaba said.

The police said Marakala was arrested “within a short space of time” by the police’s Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit after the victim reported the assault and was remanded in custody since 2019, until the final appearance in the trial.

“The case was successfully investigated and the conviction was secured by Sergeant Ramolokwane Leshaba,” said Ledwaba.

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