As the trial of alleged serial rapist Mongezi Samuel Jinxela enters its fourth week today, tales of horrifying rapes, robberies and assaults continue to unfold.
The victims, young and old and from different race groups, have told of how their lives have changed since Jinxela allegedly raped them.
"I couldn't sleep. I cried for days. I was very angry and sometimes took my anger out on my children and boyfriend," one woman testified.
Another woman told of how Jinxela raped her without a condom even though she had lied that she was pregnant and HIV positive.
Desperate to save her life, another complainant said she even offered Jinxela a plastic bag to put on his penis when she realised that he was going to rape her without a condom.
Thirteen complainants have testified against Jinxela so far.
He is accused of raping 65 women over a period of 10 years - between 1994 and 2004.
He is said to have approached his victims in the Johannesburg CBD and in malls and offered them jobs.
The state says, instead of taking them to the promised "sports warehouse", he led them to remote places where he raped, assaulted and robbed them.
The women, now in their 30s and 40s, said they fell into Jinxela's traps because they were desperate for jobs.
They never suspected anything amiss about Jinxela's offers.
"He was a smooth talker and very convincing," one woman told the court.
As the sad stories unfolded in the Johannesburg high court, a shackled Jinxela sat quietly in the dock and took notes.
He seldom looked at his alleged victims.
Through his lawyer, Harold Knopp, Jinxela, 38, has denied knowing or meeting some of the women.
He denied raping those he knew, claiming they had had consensual sex as they were his girlfriends.
On Friday, a 40-year-old woman told how Jinxela raped her and later fled with her two chickens, earrings and R3,50.
The trial continues today.