Serial rapists handed combined five life terms
Two serial rapists, who terrorised women in Middelburg and Kabokweni, were handed combined five life terms and 145 years imprisonment.
Two serial rapists, who terrorised women in the Middelburg and Kabokweni areas in Mpumalanga respectively, were handed combined five life terms and 145 years imprisonment for their heinous crimes.
The first, David Frank Lebjane, 35, was sentenced to four life terms and 125 years on eight counts of rape, five for robbery with aggravating circumstances, housebreaking and theft by the Circuit of the Pretoria High Court in Delmas.
The court heard that Lebjane had operated in in Vosman and Middelburg between 2012 and 2015, where he would break into houses, and then at gunpoint, demand his victims’ cellphones before raping them. During his reign of terror, Lebjane raped four girls aged between 14 and 16.
He received a life sentence for each of these rape crimes. He was sentenced to 20 years for each of the other counts of rape, 40 years for five counts of robbery and five years for housebreaking and theft.
Sipho Guilt Shabangu, 29, was sentenced by the Circuit of the Pretoria High Court in Nelspruit to one life term and 18 years imprisonment on two counts of rape and two years for assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Shabangu targeted young women who were well known to him.
Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, Provincial Police Commissioner for Mpumalanga, praised the police team for their excellent work in the investigation.