The Pretoria North Magistrates’ Courts sentenced Saneti Mhlambi (37) originally from Zimbabwe to 25 years imprisonment. This is after Mhlambi was convicted of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and contravention of the immigration act.
On 14 June 2019 in the evening a 25-year woman was walking from school after a taxi dropped her off at Soshanguve Block XX. While walking past Mhlambi who immediately grabbed her school bag and threatened her with a knife, forcing her to the bushes.
He undressed her and proceeded to rape her while Mhlambi had the knife next to the victim. She grabbed the knife and stabbed him in the chest, as they struggled over the knife, Mhlambi managed to disarm the victim and continued to rape her. After the rape ordeal, Mahlambi took two cell phones from the school bag of the victim, R150.00 and a purse with bank cards and left.
The incident happened three houses away from her home, when she arrived home, she told her family what had happened and was then rushed to the police station to report the case. Mhlambi was arrested the same day at George Academic Mukhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa where he was kept under police guard until he was discharged. Mhlambi was in custody since his arrest.
Mhlambi pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him. The court preparation officer, Xolile Gape prepared the victim before she testified in court, she indicated how the incident has affected her life such that she no longer trusts men. she said that the incident has also affected her relationship with her father, who she no longer trusts but was very close to and considered him to be her best friend.
The Prosecutor, David Molokomme reminded the court that the incident happened close to the victim’s place of residence, she passes the scene frequently and can see it from her house. Therefore, this will delay her process of healing.
He added that Mhlambi showed no remorse through the entire process, therefore he asked the court to send a clear message not only to Mhlambi but the entire community that such crimes will not be tolerated.
The National Prosecuting Authority welcomes the sentence.