Life behind bars for Northwest serial rapist who assaulted 15 women over four years

A rapist was convicted.

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  • A Northwestern serial rapist has been sentenced to life in prison.
  • Jacob Kgatlane was found guilty of rape, aggravated robbery, attempted rape and kidnapping.
  • Between 2009 and 2013 he attacked 15 women, his youngest victim being a 14-year-old girl and the oldest a 37-year-old woman.

A Northwestern serial rapist who attacked 15 women, the youngest just 14, has been sentenced to life in prison.

The British district court made the judgment earlier this week.

Jacob Boas Kgatlane was found guilty of 21 counts, including 10 counts of rape, nine counts of robbery in aggravated circumstances, one count of attempted rape and one count of kidnapping.

The 41-year-old serial rapist reportedly began his rape streak in July 2009 and continued through January 2013.

Kgatlane raped a total of 15 women, six of whom were under the age of 18. His youngest victim was 14 years old, the oldest 37.

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According to North West spokeswoman Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Kgatlane preyed on unsuspecting women in remote areas, where he raped and robbed them.

He was mostly active in Letlhabile and Lethabong near Brits in North West and Thabazimbi in Limpopo, she said.

“In the first case, reported on July 30, 2009 in Zone 6, Letlhabile, the court heard that Kgatlane grabbed a 16-year-old student who was walking to school.

“He threatened her with death and dragged her into the nearby bushes, where he stripped and raped her. After the ordeal, he stripped her of her stationery,” Myburgh said.

She said in the most recent case, reported on January 13, 2013, a 32-year-old woman was jogging in Block B, Letlhabile, at around 06:50 am when Kgatlane approached her and volunteered to join her .

“He was jogging with her, but as they approached an area of ​​bush he suddenly grabbed the woman by the neck, threatened to stab her with a knife and raped her.

“The victim’s cell phone was then stolen,” Myburgh said.

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Gauteng Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Lumka Mahanjana said Kgatlane raped most of his victims at night.

“He would target women walking at night, threaten them with a knife or tell them he had a gun. He then dragged her to nearby bushes, stadium toilets and abandoned buildings where he raped her,” Mahanjana said.

She said Kgatlane was arrested in Mpumalanga in August 2013 after an informant told police of his whereabouts.

Mahanjana said a phone he stole from one of his victims was found in the possession of his relative.

He was arrested and has been in custody ever since.

“[The State prosecutor] told the court that women have the right to walk freely on the street without fear of leaving work and coming back. [He] asked the court to impose the prescribed minimum sentence,” Mahanjane said.

Kgatlane was sentenced to six life sentences, with two sentences likely to be served at a time, Myburgh said.

She said he received an additional 150 years in prison on 15 charges including robbery, kidnapping, attempted rape and rape.