Serial Mpumalanga rapist sentenced to 37 years in prison


A Mpumalanga serial rapist has been sentenced to 37 years. File photo. A Mpumalanga serial rapist has been sentenced to 37 years. File photo.
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The Mkobola Regional Court in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga, has sentenced a taxi driver, who committed a series of sexual crimes to 37 years imprisonment.

Collen Mandla Ndala, 43, was found guilty of five counts.

He was sentenced seven years for intention to cause grievous bodily harm, three years for attempted rape. Count three was kidnapping, he got five years. Count five was 25 years for rape and for the charge of a compelled self-sexual assault case, he was sentenced to two years.

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, provincial police spokesperson said the court heard how between December 2013 as well as January 2015, Ndala, who by then worked as a taxi driver, took advantage of his victims by targeting vulnerable and unsuspecting women who were hitch-hiking at night. 

“He would then offer them a lift, enquire about their destinations and after a short distance, would make an excuse that he needed to pass by his house first to switch on the lights to which his victims would agree.

“Ndala would then take a detour, drive to a secluded area and brutally rape his defenceless victims. The incident came to light when two victims aged 15 and 24 respectively, separately reported the matter to the police who immediately opened cases and commenced with investigations,” Hlathi said.

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Ndala was arrested in 2015 and remained in custody since.   

During the trial, he pleaded not guilty to all the charges. He told the court that the victims were his girlfriends and he never had sexual contact with the first one who was 15 years old at the time but conceded sleeping with the second one who was 24 at the time. 

The defence pleaded for leniency citing the fact that Ndala was already in custody since 21 February 2015, till the day of sentencing which means that he partially served his sentence already and during that period, Ndala had learned his lesson. 

The Prosecution said in light with the fact that a taxi driver should be someone with a good reputation and also one who must protect lives of commuters making use of his services on daily basis.

Another factor was that Ndala never showed any sign of remorse since the beginning of the case, neither did he admit that his actions were wrong, all of which seemed as if what he did was right.   

“Being sick, as the Magistrate indicated, will not make the sentence lesser, because Correctional Facilities are more advanced and Ndala can attest to that as he received his treatment whilst being there for the past five years, therefore the sentence should be befitting to the crimes that Ndala committed despite his mitigation factors.

“He was also found to be unfit to work with children as stipulated in the Children's Act and unfit to possess a firearm as stipulated in the Firearms Control Act.” Hlathi said.






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