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By unknown | Oct 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

The two men convicted on 21 charges that include murder and rape should be jailed for life because they had shown no respect for human life, the Middelburg circuit court was told yesterday.

State advocate Eric van der Merwe asked the court to sentence Johannes van Rooyen, 27, of KwaGuqa in Witbank and Dumisani Makhubela, 28, of Mhluzi in Middelburg, to 10 life terms for murder and rape, and to 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Both men had pleaded not guilty before Judge Aubrey Ledwaba. Van der Merwe said the two men had conducted a reign of terror between May 2 and June 4, 2005 in the Mhluzi area, where victims were bound with wire and killed, and women and children raped.

He told the court he could not find suitable terms to describe the seriousness of the crimes committed by the two men within a period of two months.

In one incident, Van der Merwe said, they brutally murdered a couple and their two daughters.

"They hanged two family members by their necks from the roof of their house after they had raped the man's wife and their daughter.

"They took everything they wanted and left the couple's two-year-old boy wandering in a house full of dead bodies. That is absolutely inhumane."

Van der Merwe also cited the cruel murders of Portia Motau, 16, Hlophe Mahlangu, 16, and Maria Masumbuka, 19.

He said Motau was raped by both men before all victims were forced to strip naked and stoned to death.


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