Taxi rapist gets 20 years
TWO more people have been implicated in the case of the father and son accused of raping 10 women, which is currently being heard in the Johannesburg High Court.
Already one of them, Isaac Nxumalo, has confessed to raping one of the 10 women who are claiming to have been raped by the men.
Nxumalo is also charged with kidnapping and two counts of robbery, which he has denied.
Magistrate Gidion Schnetler yesterday found Nxumalo guilty on a charge of rape and one of robbery and sentenced him to 20 years, 10 for each of the crimes. The sentences will not run concurrently.
Nxumalo, 46, was identified in the Alexandra Regional Court as the friend of Booi Makhubela, 50, and his son, Rodgers, 26, who allegedly gang-raped the 10 women.
The father and son are facing a total of 40 charges.
Also charged is Makhubela's nephew, Collins Chauke, of Alexandra.
In his confession, which was read in court, Nxumalo said he raped the victim on July 22 2009 in a taxi.
"I knew it was wrong to have sex with her without her consent and I am sorry."
Prosecutor Jacky Letsoalo said Nxumalo's confession had led to his case being finalised quickly and the state was forced to separate his trial from that of Chauke.
Chauke's case was postponed to November 13.
The investigating officer in the matter, Captain Nathaniel Zwane, said he did not know why the National Prosecuting Authority had decided to separate the Chauke-Nxumalo cases from Makhubela's, currently taking place in the high court.
In addition to the 17 rape charges, the Makhubelas are facing 40 charges of robbery, kidnapping and assault.
Their modus operandi was to pretend to be taxi drivers and to target women looking for transport.
It is alleged that after the women boarded their "taxi" they would rob them of their valuables and rape them.
They have pleaded not guilty to the charges and said the rapes were consensual, while in other cases the complainants were prostitutes.
A total of 10 doctors who were called by the state have testified that all 10 women had injuries consistent with rape.
The Makhubelas' case was yesterday postponed to Monday, when the state is expected to call its last witnesses.