A serial rapist who terrorized communities in Pretoria has been sentenced to 1,088 years behind bars.
Sello Abram Mapunya, who raped and robbed 56 women for five years was also given four life sentences.
Judge Papi Mosopa handed down the hefty sentence in the Pretoria high court on Thursday.
According to Timeslive, Mapunya, who was initially charged with 101 different crimes, began his crime spree in 2014 attacking his victims who included a 14-year-old girl in Tshwane’s suburbs of Silverton and women in Nellmapius, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, and Olievenhoutbosch.
The brutal crime spree ended with his arrest by detectives from the serial electronic crimes investigation unit in March 2019.
Mosopa said none of the sentences would run concurrently.
He sentenced Mapunya to life terms for raping his teenage victim and three other women who he raped multiple times.
Mosopa also sentenced Mapunya to 15 years each for the other 31 rapes he committed, 15 years’ imprisonment for every count of housebreaking with the intent to rob and robbery, and 15 years for every count of housebreaking with the intent to steal.
Meanwhile, survivors of convicted serial rapist hailed the justice system after his mammoth sentence was handed down.
Mapunya’s sentencing comes barely a week after a Zimbabwean man who went on a murderous rampage and butchered his lover and her five kids to death in South Africa was sentenced to 6 life terms.
32-year-old Nowa Makula was convicted of the murder of his lover Nomzamo Mhlanti,42, and her five children.
During the trial before Eliotdale Regional Magistrate Sizakele Sihlahla, the court heard that Makula had hacked Mhlanti and the kids to death while they slept on 25 November 2020.