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Rapist 'prophet' to be sentenced today

By unknown | Feb 12, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ntwaagae Seleka

Ntwaagae Seleka

For over two years, Ndoyisiwe Paulos Notito went on a raping spree in the Free State.

His method was always the same - posing as a prophet, he would promise his victims to heal all their ailments.

By the time he was caught he had raped seven women and stolen their personal belongings.

Yesterday, the 37-year-old serial rapist was convicted on seven counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault at the Virginia circuit court.

Judge Faan Hancke said Notito had preyed on his victims, who were aged between 13 and 36.

During his raping spree, he pretended to be a prophet who could cure his victims' illnesses and exorcise their demons.

His victims had not known him previously but were approached by him in different areas in Welkom between May 2005 and August 2007, when he was arrested.

Notito would tell his victims they were "bewitched" and in order to cure them he would have to remove hair from their heads, pubic area and armpits.

Three of his victims told Sowetan outside the court that they had completely believed him when he offered to help. "I only realised after he had raped me that he was not a real prophet," one of them said.

After raping the women, Notito would order them to walk in front of him while he followed - then he would suddenly disappear.

Most of the rapes took place at secluded areas such as parks, in the veld and in abandoned buildings.

Hancke also convicted Notito on eight counts of theft.

He will be sentenced today.


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