Sibongile Mashaba and Namhla Tshisela
The only teenage girl who survived the brutal attacks of the Soweto serial rapist and killer has died.
The killer preyed on teenage girls near Power Park Dam in Orlando East. He raped his victims and then slit their throats. The girl died at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital after a three-week battle by doctors to save her life failed.
Coceka Lubobo, 17, died on Sunday evening. She was one of four girls raped by self-confessed murderer and rapist Dumisani Mthombeni between April and October.
Mthombeni, 34, committed suicide on October 25 while in custody at Orlando police station after confessing to raping and killing Nomsa Ngobeni, 19, Zandile Manganyi, 12, and Maduo Mafubedu, 17.
Police spokesman Captain Nomvula Mbense said: "Mthombeni confessed to raping and killing the four teenagers found in open velds in Klipspruit and Orlando. He also told the police that he did not have an accomplice."
Mbense said Mthombeni used a cloth to hang himself. He killed all his victims by slitting their throats.
Lubobo was his last victim and was left for dead. She survived the brutal attack by crawling to nearby Madlala Street where a passer-by helped her and took her to hospital. She was able to punch her sister's numbers into the unknown man's cellphone.
Lubobo's older sister, Moyakazi Lubobo, said she last saw her sister alive when she visited her on Sunday afternoon.
"She collapsed after complaining of fatigue. The doctors said her blood pressure was too high and gave her oxygen to help her breathe."
She said she left Coceka in a stable condition.
"I received a call from the hospital just after 7pm that she did not make it," said a bereaved Moyakazi.
Coceka was in intensive care for three weeks and showed signs of improvement.
"I did not realise how strong she was until this happened to her. She was a fighter. Her death has shocked us," she said.